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3. Commelina suffruticosa Blume, Catalogus. 35. 1823.

大叶鸭跖草 da ye ya zhi cao

Description from Flora of China

Herbs perennial. Stems erect or ascending, branched only distally, to more than 35 cm, glabrous. Leaf sheaths sparsely hirsute-ciliate and hirsute in a line on 1 side; petiole obvious, to 1 cm; leaf blade lanceolate to ovate-lanceolate, 8--13 × 3--5 cm, glabrous on both surfaces. Involucral bracts borne opposite leaves, broadly cordate, open, ca. 1.6 × 1.1 cm when folded, sparsely puberulent, apex obtuse. Cincinni 4-flowered; peduncle ca. 8 mm; pedicels ca. 3 mm, twisted in fruit. Sepals ca. 4 mm, membranous. Petals white, ca. 4 mm. Capsule subglobose, 3.8--5 mm, 2-valved. Seeds 1 per valve, light brown, ca. 2.8 mm (immature).

Only one Chinese specimen was seen by the present authors.

On tree bark; ca. 1000 m. S Yunnan (Xishuangbanna Dai Zu Zizhizhou) [Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Thailand].


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