Variable Dayflower

Commelina diffusa, in Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

Creeping plant with two, deep blue petals on each flower that are open for less than one day.

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Tropical Spiderwort

Spiderwort or Dayflower, Commelina, in Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

Two large blue petals and one smaller appear for a short time, maybe a day. Common herb or weed in moist gardens.

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African Dayflower

A succulent spiderwort among rocks, Commelinaceae, photo © Michael Plagens

Low growing herb with two larger oval petals to each flower. Leaf shape and colors highly variable.

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Murdannia simplex in Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

Three more-or-less equal blue petals. Knot-like swellings on stems below open flowers. Narrow leaves.

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Clinging Aneilema, in Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

Vine-like, herbaceous or slightly woody plant clambers over other vegetation. Two petals much larger than the third. Partly shady undergrowth.

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Nicholson's Spiderwort

Aneilema nicholsonii photo © Michael Plagens

The purple-blue flowers with two enlarged petals are set in a compact spike of many flowers.

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A succulent spiderwort among rocks, Commelinaceae, photo © Michael Plagens

Small, three-petaled, purple flowers with 6 stamens. Leaf bases with sheathes giving stem jointed look. Succulent.

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Floscopa glomerata in Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

Aquatic plant of shallow flooded areas, marshes. Clasping linear leaves. Showy purple flowers in many-headed clusters.

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Wandering Jew

Tradescantia pallida photo © Michael Plagens

Decumbent, partly succulent plant with dark, purplish leaves and lavender purple blooms. Non-native escaped from landscapes and gardens.

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Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, page created 16 February 2015,
updated 22 Nov. 2017.

By no means am I an expert on the Natural History of Kenya. I am a novice exploring this part of the World. By creating a page for the species as I encounter them I am teaching myself. If the reader finds an error, please let me know so that I can make corrections (use copyright link).