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Kingdom: Plantae (2659)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2572)

    Class: Liliopsida (392)

      Order: Commelinales (21)

        Family: Commelinaceae (21)(family description)

          Genus: Commelina (5)

            Epithet: erecta L. (8)

Synonyms: Commelina aethiopica C.B.Clarke, Commelina bahiensis Hoffmanns. ex Spreng., Commelina bainesii C.B.Clarke, Commelina elegans Kunth, Commelina ensifolia F.Muell., Commelina gerrardii C.B.Clarke, Commelina guineensis Hua, Commelina hirsuta Willd. ex Spreng., Commelina martiana Seub., Commelina pohliana Seub., Commelina saxicola Small, Commelina sulcata Hoffmanns. ex Spreng., Commelina sulcata Benth., Commelina venusta C.B.Clarke, Commelina vogelii C.B.Clarke

aethiopica => of Ethiopian origin

bahiensis => from Bahia, Brazil

bainesii => in honor of John Thomas Baines (1820-1875), English artist and explorer of British colonial southern Africa and Australia

elegans => graceful, neat, nice

erecta => upright, perpendicular

gerrardii => in honor of William Tyrer Gerrard (circa 1831-1866), English botanical collector in Natal and Madagascar

guineensis => indicates origin in the Guinea Coast

hirsuta => having long distinct hairs, rough, hairy

martiana => in honor of Karl Friedrich Philipp von Martius (1794-1868), German botanist and explorer

sulcata => furrowed

venusta => charming, graceful, pretty, neat

vogelii => in honor of Dr. Theodore Vogel, botanist to the voyage of the expedition sent by Her Britannic Majesty to the river Niger in 1841


Climate: tropical

Habit: herb

Flower colour: blue

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