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Commelina elliptica - Kunth.
                 
Common Name
Family Commelinaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Not known
Range South-western N. America - mountains of Mexico and south to Peru and Bolivia.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Frost Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Commelina elliptica


Commelina elliptica
   
Physical Characteristics
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Commelina elliptica is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.1 m (0ft 4in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. It is in flower from Jul to September, and the seeds ripen from Aug to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats
 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Root.
Edible Uses:

The following use is for the closely related C. tuberosa, but is also probably appropriate for this species[K]. Tubers - cooked. Rich in starch[105, 177], but with a fairly bland flavour.
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Prefers a light well-drained loam with added leafmold[42]. Succeeds in an ordinary, reasonably moist soil in a sunny position with some shelter[164]. Plants are hardy to about -10°c if the roots are protected from freezing[187]. The roots are best dug up in the autumn and stored like dahlias in a cool frost free place[200]. When grown in a light well-drained soil and mulched well, the roots usually survive the winter outdoors[1]. This species is closely related to C. tuberosa[200].
Propagation
Seed - sow March in a greenhouse. The seed usually germinates in 4 - 5 weeks at 20°c[164]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots plant them out in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in early spring. Make sure that each portion has at least one growing bud[111, K]. Cuttings during the growing season. Very easy[200].
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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Commelina coelestisBlue Spider Wort, Commelina20
Commelina communisDay Flower, Asiatic dayflower32
Commelina dianthifoliaBirdbill Dayflower21
Commelina erectaSlender Day-Flower, Whitemouth dayflower20
Commelina erecta angustifoliaWhitemouth Dayflower21
Commelina tuberosaCommelina20
Commelina virginicaVirginia Day-Flower20
Tradescantia virginianaSpiderwort, Virginia spiderwort21
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