Saturday, October 24, 2015

New Blue

Photo by Debbie Bird 9/25/2015

Debbie recently alerted some plant people about this new flower in Sabino Canyon. Whitemouth Dayflower is one of the common names for Commelina erecta. (This beauty is not yet on Joan's plant list for Sabino Canyon - but a sample has been collected and next year's list will have the update.) In the Spiderwort (Commelinaceae) family.

Photo by Marty Horowitz 9/28/2015

There's loads of it in the area above the dam. Look under trees and shrubs, east of the hummingbird feeders.

Photo by Ned Harris 10/14/2015

It's possible that no one noticed it before now, of course. It's also possible that conditions were right during this past monsoon season for this beauty to grow. Another possibility is that, as the natives continue to return in the areas where Arundo donax has been eradicated, this particular native is now able to thrive. Whatever the reason(s), go out and take a look!

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