Commelina dianthifolia

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Birdbill Dayflower
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Commelinales
Family: Commelinaceae
Subfamily: Commelinoideae
Tribe: Commelineae
Genus: Commelina
Species: C. dianthifolia
Binomial name
Commelina dianthifolia
Delile

Commelina dianthifolia, known as the birdbill dayflower, is a perennial herb native to Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and northern Mexico.[1] Petals are blue while sepals are green. The inflorescence is a scorpioid cyme and it is subtended by a boat-like spathe.

Uses[edit]

An infusion of plant used by Keres people as a strengthener for weakened tuberculosis patients.[2] The Ramah Navajo give a cold simple or compound infusion to livestock as an aphrodisiac.[3]


References[edit]

  1. ^ Commelina dianthifolia Delile - PLANTS Profile. USDA Retrieved 25 January 2011.
  2. ^ Swank, George R. 1932 The Ethnobotany of the Acoma and Laguna Indians. University of New Mexico, M.A. Thesis (p. 38)
  3. ^ Vestal, Paul A. 1952 The Ethnobotany of the Ramah Navaho. Papers of the Peabody Museum of American Archaeology and Ethnology 40(4):1-94 (p. 19)