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Genus: Commelina

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Monocotyledons > Commelinales > Family: Commelinaceae

About 170 species, occurring in the warmer regions of the world, with 20 species in southern Africa. Features of the capsules and seeds are import in species identification.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI) and Flora of Zimbabwe.

Commelina africana

[= Commelina karooica, Commelina welwitschiii]

Commelina aspera


Commelina bella


Commelina benghalensis

Commelina cecilae

Recorded from Zimbabwe.

Commelina diffusa

[= Commelina scandens]

Commelina eckloniana


Commelina erecta

[= Commelina undulata, Commelina gerrardii]


Commelina fluviatilis


Commelina forskaolii

Commelina imberbis

[= Commelina kotschyi]


Commelina livingstonii


Commelina modesta


Commelina neurophylla

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Commelina nigritana

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Commelina nyasensis

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Commelina petersii


Commelina rogersii


Commelina subulata

Commelina zambesica


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