Commelina maculata Edgew., Trans. Linn. Soc. London 20: 89 1851. (Syn: Commelina obliqua var. viscida C.B.Clarke; Commelina paludosa var. viscida (C.B.Clarke) R.S.Rao & Kammathy);
Himalaya to Pen. Malaysia as per WCSP;
Assam; China South-Central; East Himalaya; India; Malaya; Myanmar; Nepal; Tibet;
West Himalaya
as per Catalogue of life;


VoF Week: Commelina maculata from Govindghat: 8 images.

Commelina maculata from Govindghat
pls Validate

Isn’t there a key to commelinas of the world? somewhere? not just the asian ones

Yes this is Commelina maculata

Thank you very much for sharing.
Dear …,
Yes, there is Key for Commelinaceae of the world. Dr. Faden has given key in Kubitzki’s book
[Faden, Robert B. (1998), “Commelinaceae“, in Kubitzki, Klaus, The Families and Genera of Vascular Plants, 4, Berlin: Springer, pp. 109–128, ISBN 3-540-64061-4]



Flora of Chakrata: Commelina sp. 2 for id..: This one was shot from near Dakpathar, id please…

May be C maculata

Yes …, It seems to be Commelina maculata


VOF Week: Commelina sp. — along Govindghat–Ghangaria trail:  Commelina sp. — along Govindghat–Ghangaria trail.

Seems to be Commelina maculata Edgew. Will you please share more images, showing the side view of spathes?


Commelina obliqua? ABAUG01/25 : 6 posts by 2 authors. 2 images.
These dayflowers are around too. I am not sure if these are Commelina obliqua. Please advise.
Above Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP

24 August 2015

efi page on Commelina paludosa (syn: Commelina obliqua Buch.-Ham. ex D.Don)  

This is what I recognise as Commelina maculata.
There is too much of confusion in names in literature.

Commelina obliqua var. viscida C.B.Clarke is a synonym of Commelina maculata Edgew.
Commelina obliqua Vahl is a separate species .

Thank you …

Commelina maculata Edgew. (accepted name) ??? : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)
Location: Kalinchowk, Dolakha, Nepal
Altitude: 9000 ft.
Date: 23 July 2014
Apology in advance. Only one image.

Yes Commelina maculata is an accepted name. The picture that to ID, is little difficult at least spathe should be there to conclude it.


Commelina paludosa Blume : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (7)
Location: Nagarkot, Nepal
Altitude : 6000 ft.
Date: 18 July 2018
Habit : Wild

If you have access to the plants, I’ll request you to see the capsule. It appears to be Commelina maculata to me.

Thank you … for the ID. I shall try to get it.

SK1500 12 Oct 2018 : 8 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)- around 500 kb each.
Location:  Shivapuri Nationalk Park, Nepal 
Date: 24 August 2018
Elevation:6000 ft.
Habit : Wild 
Which Commelina ..??

Pl. check comparative images at

OK …!

Is it not Commelina benghalensis L.  as per comparative images at Commelina ?

Need more pictures, especially of the spathes.

To me, it appears to be Commelina maculata. Please confirm.

Thanks, …, To me also appear close to images at Commelina maculata Edgew. as per comparative images at Commelina

SK 2123 16 August 2019 : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (8)- around 650 kb each.
Location: Suryabinayak, Bhaktapur
Date: 26 July 2019
Elevation: 1508 m.
Habit : Wild 
Which Commelina ??

Perhaps, Commelina maculata

Thank you. How can we verify ?

I am sure it must be a indefinite herb with tri-locular and dehiscent capsule (do confirm). I have recognised it due to its pubescence, flower colour (though it is not clear in pictures, it appears to be blue) and altitude.

Thank you. Descriptions in the ACFPN looks like matching Commelina maculata Edgew. !

Enclosed image and links showing flowering  months made me confused about the ID !

1 attachment.

The attached plate is from which book ?

2 images inserted

But Plate 75 top appears to be Commelina paleata, whereas down one seemingly of Commelina diffusa!

Actually, I meant this image !

1 attachment


Images by  (J.M.Garg – Id by Satish Pardeshi), (For more photos & complete details, click on the links)



 on 2/8/09 in Pocharam, Distt. Medak, AP;  Commelina benghalensis ? – indiantreepix | Google Groups

SK 2200 02 October 2019 : 14 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (3)- 2 mb each.
Location: Pharping, Kathmandu, Nepal
Altitude: 1562 m.
Date: 02 September 2019
Habit : Wild
Which Commelina ?

Attachments (2)- 3 mb each.

Beautiful, its Commelina maculata.

Attachments (3)- 1, 2 & 2 mb.

Thank you …!

Commelina maculata Edgew.

Its a treat, viewing these images! Commelina maculata, got to see it ! Thanks both of you for beautiful images and ID !

Very nice details and … id.
I wonder why does a weedy plant like a commelina need so much hair … to catch or trap what? … your thought on the uses of so many hairs?

Leaf or the spathe hairs perhaps can refer to reduce the grazing. As much haired are less browsed and less affected!
Hairs on stamens in Cyanotis, Murdannia and Tradescantia are unicellular and moniliform as well. But here it can be referred as food or help to attract the pollinators.
Hairs on fruits, as in section Rhopalephora are usually glandular, and may referred as to improve the seed dispersal. 

SK 2231 19 October 2019 : 15 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)- 1, 2 & 3 mb.
Location: Okharpauwa, Nuwakot
Date: 17 October 2019
Elevation: 1712 m.
Habit : Wild 

Commelina paludosa Blume ??

Attachments (3)- 2, 2 & 2 mb.

Attachments (1) – 5 mb.

Attachments (1)- 6 mb.

Attachments (1)- 4 mb.

Attachments (1)- 6 mb.

C. undulata or C. maculata ?

I suggested C. paludosa. Hoping for Mayur sir’s confirmation.

all 3 are very similar to look at. … has identified my post earlier as C. undulata and I think your earlier post as C. maculata, I do not feel confident enough to rule out or rule in any single species with confidence. This will take time and many many posts to learn finer points.

You are right …! Lets wait for comments from other members !

It is albino-flowered (unusual, I have never seen before) Commelina maculata. 

C. paludosa and C. undulata has large, rounded, usually lilac or white petals, and acute spathes. Whereas, C. maculata can be sorted by its small, ovate, blue (rarely white) petals and apiculate to acuminate spathes. Although, all the three species often found difficult to recognise in the field, if you are not familiar with key features.

Thanks, … ! Nice words …”Albino-Flowered” .
I have Albino-Flowered C . forskaolii in my collection !


Mumbai, MH :: Commelina for ID :: ARK2020-019 : 8 posts by 5 authors. 2 correct images.

Saw 2 different types of Commelina in the Aarey forest, Mumbai, MH in September 2019.
One was pinkish in colour and one was blue in colour, both growing quite close to each other.

Requested to please provide ID.

C. maculata ??

Image 2 and 5 are confusing me, rest are probably Commelina undulata

Thanks … for the ID. The 2 dark blue flowers may be of some other species, however they were found next to each other.

Indeed, these are two different Commelinas.
Perhaps I can give ID based on the flower colour: blue flowered appears to be Commelina maculata and lilac or mauve can be Commelina paludosa.

SK 2294 15 November 2019 : 7 posts by 3 authors. 5 images- 2 to 6 mb each.
Location: Chisapani, Kathmandu
Date: 01 October  2019
Elevation: 2176 m.
Habit : Wild 
Commelina once again ! ID ??

Looks close to Commelina benghalensis. Not sure though.

My opinion is Commelina maculata !! Again this lilac petals and missing cilia on spathes is more confusing.


SK 2733 10 August 2020 : 11 posts by 2 authors. 9 images- 6 to 7 mb each.
Location: Sundarijal, Kathmandu
Date: 07 August 2020
Elevation: 1531 m.
Habit : Wild 
Which Commelina sp. ??

Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures. It is Commelina maculata to me. 


SK 3002 29 September 2021: 6 very high res. images.
Location: Kalikot, West Nepal
Altitude: 1600 m.
Date: 16 August 2021
Habit : Wild
Commelina ………??

Need to travel Nepal, I feel!!

This is kind of Commelina longifolia but not sure, …

I am not sure … since I could not get its distribution for Nepal.

Adding some more images

I have sent some more images for verification. By the way C. longifolia has got no distribution in nepal.

Thank you for the additional photographs. I was wrong while comparing the images with Commelina longifolia. It more look likes Commelina maculata, but not sure. Please see if you can collect the seeds.