Commelina cyanea— Native Wandering Jew—COMMELINACEAE.

Commelina cyanea

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Habitat—Grows in moist forest or woodland; sometimes weedy.

Distribution— North from Narooma, New South Wales to Queensland.

Description—Perennial herb; stems prostrate and ascending, glabrous or almost so.

Local occurrences

Australis Resort, Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Bennett Head, Black Head, Black Head Beach, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens, Burgess Beach, Burgess Road, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Charlotte Head, Cliff Road, Coocumbac Island, Crowdy Bay National Park, Darawank Nature Reserve and Wetland, Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach LRF, Dixon Property, Elizabeth Beach, Forster Cemetery, Forster/Tuncurry Streets, Golden Ponds Reserve, Goldens Road Wetlands, Great Lakes College-Forster Campus, Great Lakes College-Tuncurry Campus, Karloo Street Reserve, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, Little Street, Ohmas Bay, One Mile Beach, Pebbly Beach, Penenton Creek and Wetlands, Queen Elizabeth Park Taree, Red Head, Reservoir Hill Reserve, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Saltwater Nature Reserve, Sea Acres National Park, Second Head, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Stephen Street Reserve, Tern Island, The Islands, The Sanctuary, Tiona, Tonie's Gully, Tuncurry Dunes and Heath, Tuncurry Flora Park, Wallamba Cove, Wallamba River Area, Wingham Brush and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.—Ovate to narrow—ovate, 2 to 7 cm long, 5 to 15 mm wide, green, apex acuminate; sheath membranous, shortly pilose at the mouth.

Commelina cyanea
Commelina cyanea

Inflorescence—Spathes solitary, 1 to 2 cm long, apex acuminate, on slender peduncles 1 to 2 cm long. Cymes 2, one often suppressed. Inner tepals deep blue

Flowering.—Spring to Autumn

Fruit—Capsule 5—seeded; dorsal loculus 1—seeded, indehiscent, ventral loculus 2—seeded; seeds 2 to 3 mm long, dull brown or black, pitted or reticulate.

Ripe.—Summer to Winter.

Commelina cyanea