Dec. 12, 2019

jio, Commelina bengalhensis

Jio, also called Bengal dayflower, has all the bases covered. It can produce stems that thrive in dry soil, in water, and even underground. It reproduces with unisexual flowers, bisexual flowers, flowers that self-fertilize and don't open, or vegetatively. The underground stems only produce flowers that don't open. Not surprising that it has spread around the tropical world from Asia. With us it is mostly in dry weedy areas in CA, FL, GA, HI, LA, NC, and VA. Polk Co FL, 3/18/16.