|Scientific Name||Tinantia anomala (Commelinantia anomala)||USDA PLANTS Symbol||TIAN|
|Common Name||False Dayflower, Widow's Tears||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||39155|
|Description||Habitat: Moist, gravelly limestone soils in shaded areas, ravines, streamsides, wooded areas.
Plant: Erect leafy annual, with clustered stems becoming much-branched and spreading; about 2 feet tall.
Leaves: Basal leaves 4 to 13 inches long, linear-spatulate with tapering base and long petioles; upper stem leaves broadly to narrowly lanceolate and sessile to clasping, 2 to 4 inches long; single uppermost leaf subtends the inflorescence like a bract.
Inflorescence: A terminal raceme of flowers, each up to 1-1/2 inches across, with two prominent large blue petals and one small white inconspicuous petal beneath the stamens; upper 3 stamens have fuzzy ball-like anthers with yellow and purple hairs, lower 3 stamens with white filaments and yellow anthers; stigma looks much like one of the stamens.
Bloom Period: April to July.
References: "Wildflowers of Texas" by Michael Eason, "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist and "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston.
Notes: None of the images here show more than one flower in the inflorescence, but buds are present below. The rare white variety was found at Mayfield Park in Austin.
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Banner photo of Lupinus ssp. by Rick Capozza, Austin TX
© Tom Lebsack 2023