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Commelina (460) Print Fact Sheet

Relates to: Weeds


Common Name

Commelina; it is also known as wandering Jew, baby dayflower, or scurvy weed. CABI prefers the name spreading dayflower.

Scientific Name

Commelina diffusa. It has also been known as Commelina nidiflora and Commelina communis.  It is similar to another plant also called wandering Jew, Commelina benghalensis. It is a member of the Commelinaceae.

AUTHORS Grahame Jackson, Aradhana Deesh & Mani Mua
Adapted from Wandering Jew (Commelina diffusa) (2018) Weeds of SE Qld and Northern NSW. Lucidcentral. (; and additional information from CABI (2019) Commelina diffusa (wandering Jew). Invasive Species Compendium. (; and from Commelina diffusa (2019) Wikipedia. ( Photo 1 Bruce Ackley, The Ohio State University,; Photo 3 Forest and Kim Starr, Starr Environmental,

Produced with support from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research under project HORT/2016/185: Responding to emerging pest and disease threats to horticulture in the Pacific islands, implemented by the University of Queensland, in association with the Pacific Community and Koronivia Research Station, Ministry of Agriculture, Fiji.

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