Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Commelinids: Commelinales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
Learn more about Murdannia from the Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
This species apparently arrived in our region earlier than M. keisak (Small 1933, for instance, treats this species and not M. keisak), but has naturalized less aggressively and is distinctly less common. Flowers open from about 11 am to 3 pm, per Weakley's Flora (2022)
SYNONYMOUS WITH Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2021)
SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 038-02-001:
Aneilema nudiflorum FAMILY Commelinaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Doveweed, Naked-stem Dewflower
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John D. Byrd, Mississippi State University, Bugwood.org bug_1391178
Apparently arrived here earlier than M. keisak, but is distinctly less common, per Weakley's Flora.
Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2021)
Flora of North America
Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Habitat: Moist sands, ditches, wet disturbed places, per Weakley's Flora
Uncommon in Coastal Plain (rare elsewhere in GA-NC-SC)
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Alternate, spirally arranged
Pinkish-purple or Violet
Slightly bilaterally symmetrical
2 fertile stamens, 4 sterile stamens
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Guide to the Wildflowers of SC, 2nd ed. (McMillan, Porcher, Rayner, & White; 2022) p280
- Wildflowers of the Eastern United States (Duncan & Duncan, 1999) p159
- Weeds of Southern Turfgrasses (Murphy et al., 1992) p011
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