All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Asiatic Dayflower</strong>
<em>Commelina communis*</em> /Spiderwort Family<br>
Individual Dayflowers last as long as their name implies, one day. Linneas named this plant for the Commelin brothers, although he was a great scientist, he had qu...
Asiatic Dayflower
Commelina communis* /Spiderwort Family

Individual Dayflowers last as long as their name implies, one day. Linneas named this plant for the Commelin brothers, although he was a great scientist, he had quite a sense of humor. There were three brothers who were botanists, only two of them made a name for themselves. The flowers have three petals, but only two of them are showy and noticible, kind of like the Commelin brothers! I took this picture in front of the dorm at Tremont in the Smokies.

The showy yellow "fake anthers" are attention getters to attract bees, the true pollen-producing anthers are the two long ones below the flower.
Annual
Where seen: Oak Ridge, Great Smoky Mountains NP

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