Commeninales and Zingiberales week : Commelinacea: Callisia repens: Callisia repens (Jacq.) Linn. Sp. Pl., ed. 2. 1: 62. 1762. Hapalanthus repens Jacquin, in Enumeratio Systematica Plantarum, quas in insulis Caribaeis 1, 12. 1760.
Herbs perennial. Stems prostrate, forming mats, much branched, rooting at nodes. Leaves distichous, gradually becoming smaller distally along flowering shoots; leaf blade ovate to lanceolate, 1–4 × 0.6–1.2 cm, glabrous except for scabrid margin and apex, base clasping, subcordate or obtuse, apex acuminate. Inflorescence of paired (sometimes solitary), sessile, dense cincinni in axils of distal leaves. Flowers unisexual or male. Sepals green, linear-oblong, 3–4 mm, hirsute along midvein, margin scarious. Petals white, lanceolate, 3–6 mm. Stamens 3; filaments long exserted; connectives broadly deltoid. Ovary oblong, subtrigonous, 2-loculed, apex pilose; ovules 2 per locule. Style filiform, long; stigma penicillate. Capsule oblong, ca. 1.5 mm, 2-valved. Seeds 2 per valve, brown, ca. 1 mm, rugose.
Distribution: Native of New world, naturalized on roofs of houses.

–  In some places in N. America they grow as weeds as a result of escape from gardens. Only seen during couple of months of summer


amitornamentaluid218062011: Sending photo of one more ornamental plant in pantnagar garden.
Details as per the photographs. kindly help in identification 

Indeed Callisia repens From Commelinaceae.
Ornamental native of Mexico.



ID request – 05072011PC2: Please identify the shade plant. Spreading herbaceous 

Callisia repens
A robust herbaceous house plant.
Family: Commelinaceae
Surprising info. found on searching the net….
It is eaten by animals like guinea pigs; rodents and birds also. It is rich in minerals and vitamins and so is the healthy food supplement for pet animals like these.



efloraindia: 021211 BRS 223:

Pl. find the attached file contain photos for id. request.
Location: NBNP, Anaikatti, Coimbatore Dist. (640 MSL)
Date: 01.12.2011
Habitat: Garden
Habit: Herb?

Can you kindly post a bigger photo of the plant. The attached photos are too small to take a close look at the plant.

This might be Callisia repens of Commelinaceae

Indeed it is Callisia repens. I have these in my house. Shade loving plant spreads very fast.



Ornamental-1 for ID from Pantnagar: DSR_Nov. 2016_1/1 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4)
This perennial ornamental herb resemble to Callisia repens (Commelinaceae).  Please suggest the correct ID.

Sir your id seems to be correct.

Thank you Balkar Ji for the ID validation.
As I understand now C.repens when in vegetative state have differently shaped leaves (more compact and almost rounded at apex but in flowering state have distant leaves with cordate bases and acuminate tips. In fact I have plants in both stages at my home nowadays which created confusion.




Need id for this small herb : 9 posts by 6 authors. Attachments (4)
31 October 19
Agra, U.P


white flowered Commelinaceae? I would not have guessed as my first resort. but looking at the leaves and the bract etc, yes, … you are in the right ballpark.

Tradescantia fluminensis ??

Looks like a Cyanotis sp. May be C. glabrescens
… is the person to go to ! 

It’s Callisia repens!!