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Willow Dells - Sue Smith

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Commelina dianthifolia - birdbill dayflower

Other Common Names: western dayflower
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Commelinaceae

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Willow Dells
Sue Smith
Willow Dells
Sue Smith
Willow Dells
Sue Smith
Willow Dells
Sue Smith
Plant - summer
Willow Dells
Sue Smith
Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial
General Desc: A native perennial wildflower with intense sky-blue flowers that last for barely a day, which is how this wildflower got its name.
Identification notes: Perennial, tuberous roots; stems erect to ascending, unbranched to sparsely branched; leaves narrow and tapering; flowers solitary, bisexual with stamens but no pistils, petals dark blue; stalks minutely hairy.
Height: 15 inches


Habitat Description: Pine woods and mixed conifer forests.
Plant Communities: Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest
Elevation: 3500 - 9500 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Blue     Shape: Regular not in clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: Aug - Sep
Description: 3 petals of sky-blue with 6 yellow stamens emerge in the morning and often wilt by mid-afternoon.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Narrow     Leaf Margin: Smooth     Leaf Attachment: Alternate     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: No     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Long, narrow, deeply creased leaves sheath the tall, upright stems.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Brown   
Fruit Type: Capsule
Fruit Notes: 3-celled capsule contains 5 seeds.
Seed Notes: Seeds are brown, irregularly ridged and pitted.

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