Taxon: Commelina erecta L.

Genus: Commelina
Family: Commelinaceae
Subfamily: Commelinoideae
Tribe: Commelineae
Nomen number: 403090
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 1:41. 1753
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 26-Oct-1995 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 26-Oct-1995
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 1 in National Plant Germplasm System (GoogleMap)

Common names:

  • erect dayflower  (Source: pers. comm.) - English
  • hierba del pollo  (Source: F Tex) - Spanish

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (fide Eur Gard F; R. Faden, pers. comm. 1996)
  • Weed: (fide Weed CIBA)

Distributional Range:


  • Northern America

    • North-Central U.S.A.: United States Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma
    • Northeastern U.S.A.: United States Indiana, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia
    • Northern Mexico: Mexico Tamaulipas
    • South-Central U.S.A.: United States Texas
    • Southeastern U.S.A.: United States Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia
    • Southern Mexico: Mexico Chiapas, Jalisco, Yucatan
    • Southwestern U.S.A.: United States Arizona
  • Southern America

    • Central America: Belize ; Costa Rica ; El Salvador ; Guatemala ; Honduras ; Nicaragua ; Panama
    • Western South America: Colombia ; Ecuador ; Peru

  • Cultivated


  • Brako, L. & J. L. Zarucchi Catalogue of the flowering plants and gymnosperms of Peru. Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 45. 1993 (L Peru)
  • CIBA-GEIGY, Basel, Switzerland Documenta CIBA-GEIGY (Grass weeds 1. 1980, 2. 1981; Monocot weeds 3. 1982; Dicot weeds 1. 1988) (Weed CIBA)
  • Correll, D. S. & M. C. Johnston Manual of the vascular plants of Texas. 1970 (F Tex)
  • Davidse, G. et al., eds. Flora mesoamericana. (F Mesoamer)
  • Faden, R. B. 2001. The Commelinaceae of northeast Tropical Africa (Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia and Kenya): Diversity and phytogeography Biol. Skr. 54:230.
  • Faden, R. B. 1996. pers. comm. (pers. comm.)
  • FNA Editorial Committee Flora of North America. (F NAmer)
  • Huxley, A., ed. The new Royal Horticultural Society dictionary of gardening. 1992 (Dict Gard)
  • Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium Hortus third. (Hortus 3)
  • McVaugh, R. Flora Novo-Galiciana. (F NGalicia)
  • Stevens, W. D. et al., eds. Flora de Nicaragua. Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 85(1-3). (F Nicaragua)
  • Vibrans, H., ed. Malezas de México (on-line resource). (Malezas Mex)
  • Walters, S. M. et al., eds. European garden flora. (Eur Gard F)


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