Tinantia anomala [Commelinaceae]

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Scientific Name Tinantia anomala (Commelinantia anomala) USDA PLANTS Symbol TIAN
Common Name False Dayflower, Widow's Tears ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 39155
Family Commelinaceae (Spiderwort) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Moist, gravelly limestone soils in shaded areas, ravines, streamsides, wooded areas.
Plant: Erect leafy annual, with clustered stems becoming much-branched and spreading; about 2 feet tall.
Leaves: Basal leaves 4 to 13 inches long, linear-spatulate with tapering base and long petioles; upper stem leaves broadly to narrowly lanceolate and sessile to clasping, 2 to 4 inches long; single uppermost leaf subtends the inflorescence.
Inflorescence: A scorpioid raceme of flowers, each up to 1-1/2 inches across, with two prominent large blue petals and one small white inconspicuous petal beneath the stamens; upper 3 stamens have fuzzy ball-like anthers with yellow and purple hairs, lower 3 stamens with white filaments and yellow anthers; stigma looks much like one of the stamens.
Bloom Period: April to July.
References: "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist and "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston.
Notes: None of the image below show more than one flower in the inflorescence, but buds are present below. The rare white variety was found at Mayfield Park in Austin.
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