Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Murdannia graminea

Delicate, pretty mauve flower of Murdannia graminea

Family: Commelinaceae

Common name: Blue Murdannia

Flower: 3 rounded mauve to mauve/blue petals each about 10mm, on a branched terminal inflorescence.

Leaves: Leaves are grass-like forming a sheath around the erect but weak stem.

Habit and habitat: An erect, slender perennial herb to about 60cm tall, growing in sclerophyll forest and grassy areas after rain. Flowering Dec to Apr.

Notice the leaf enclosing the stem, and notice the sheath beneath the flower

Growth habit of Murdannia graminea