1. Family: Commelinaceae Mirb.
    1. Genus: Commelina Plum. ex L.
      1. Commelina forskaolii Vahl

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Africa, Arabian Peninsula, S. India, Indo-China.

    [FTEA]

    Commelinaceae, Robert Faden. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2012

    Distribution
    Range: Cape Verde, Senegal, Gambia, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Benin, Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, Sudan, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa Madagascar, Mauritius, Egypt, Arabia (including Soc Flora districts: U1 K1 K2 K4 K6 K7 T1 T2 T3 T4 T5 T6 T7 Z P
    [FWTA]

    Commelinaceae, J. P. M. Brenan. Flora of West Tropical Africa 3:1. 1968

    Habit
    Annual, prostrate or widely straggling weedy plant with stems rooting at nodes
    Flowers
    Flowers rich pure blue
    Ecology
    Grassland, open waste and cultivated ground, roadsides, sand-dunes, etc.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Caprivi Strip, Central African Repu, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, India, Ivory Coast, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Mozambique Channel I, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Northern Provinces, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Socotra, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe

    Introduced into:

    Algeria, Florida

    Commelina forskaolii Vahl appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Aug 1, 2005 Etuge, M. [5147], Cameroon K000199747
    Sudan 15117.000
    Tweedie, E.M. [932], Kenya 2202.000
    Wild, H. [4746], Zimbabwe 4558.000
    Tweedie, E.M. [3355], Tanzania 6049.145
    Robson, N.K.B. [1617], Malawi 38394.000
    Polhill, R. [1329], Tanzania 1785.000
    Polhill, R. [606], Kenya 3772.000
    Greenway [12790], Kenya 3360.044
    Gillespie [31], Kenya 38411.000
    Bidgood, S. [6297], Tanzania K000468128
    Barder [1477], Nigeria K000363185 neotype

    First published in Enum. Pl. Obs. 2: 172 (1805)

    Accepted by

    • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Faden, R. (2012). Commelinaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa: 1-244.
    • Mosti, S., Raffaelli, M. & Tardelli, M. (2012). Contributions to the flora of central-southern Dhofar (Sultanate of Oman) Webbia; Raccolta de Scritti Botanici 67: 65-91.
    • Dobignard, D. & Chatelain, C. (2010). Index synonymique de la flore d'Afrique du nord 1: 1-455. Éditions des conservatoire et jardin botaniques, Genève.
    • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Catarino, L., Martins, E.S., Diniz, M.A. & Pinto-Basto, M.F. (2006). Check-list da flora vascular do parque natural das Lagos de Cufada (Guiné-Bissau) Garcia de Orta, Série de Botânica 17: 97-141.
    • Akoègninou, A., van der Burg, W.J. & van der Maesen, L.J.G. (eds.) (2006). Flore Analytique du Bénin: 1-1034. Backhuys Publishers.
    • Boulos, L. (2005). Flora of Egypt 4: 1-617. Al Hadara Publishing, Cairo.
    • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.
    • Boulvert, Y. (1977). Catalogue de la Flore de Centrafrique 2(2): 1-94. ORSTOM, Bangui.

    Literature

    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    • J. K. Morton in J. Linn. Soc. 60: 185 (1967)
    • Aké Assi, Contrib. 2: 223 (1964)
    • Maheshwari & Baldev in Phytomorphology 8: 277-298 (1958)
    • J. K. Morton in J. Linn. Soc. 55: 522, fig. 19 (1956)
    • Berhaut, Fl. Sén. 208
    • not C. zenkeri of C. B. Cl., fide F.W.T.A., ed. 1.
    • C. zenkeri of Chev. Bot. 665
    • F.T.A. 8: 44
    • C. B. Cl. in DC., Monogr. Phan. 3: 168 (1881), including var. hirsutula C. B. Cl.
    • Enum. 2: 172 (1806)
    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Faden, R. (2012). Commelinaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa: 1-244.
    • Mosti, S., Raffaelli, M. & Tardelli, M. (2012). Contributions to the flora of central-southern Dhofar (Sultanate of Oman) Webbia; Raccolta de Scritti Botanici 67: 65-91.
    • Dobignard, D. & Chatelain, C. (2010). Index synonymique de la flore d'Afrique du nord 1: 1-455. Éditions des conservatoire et jardin botaniques, Genève.
    • Catarino, L., Martins, E.S., Diniz, M.A. & Pinto-Basto, M.F. (2006). Check-list da flora vascular do parque natural das Lagos de Cufada (Guiné-Bissau) Garcia de Orta, Série de Botânica 17: 97-141.
    • Boulvert, Y. (1977). Catalogue de la Flore de Centrafrique 2(2): 1-94. ORSTOM, Bangui.

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Flora of West Tropical Africa
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