A personal selection of photographs with their stories.
336: Blue commelina flower
When we walked around in Aquidauana on a hot day, I noticed this striking blue flower. A beautiful flower, with only two petals, that gives you an idea that you are dealing with a butterfly. A quick Google search made me end up with the name Commelina. The local name is trapoeraba or erva-de-santa-luzia. It was interesting for me to read that the name has its origins in its discoverer, the Dutch botanist Jan Commelin. The Asian day-flower, which can be seen on the photo, originates from East Asia, but is also common in Europe and in North America. Also in Brazil this beautiful blue flower is found, in many states, including Mato Grosso do Sul. The plant is used in the development of medicines, dyes, and is a potential candidate for the detoxification of contaminated soil around copper mines.
© Adriano Antoine Robbesom 2011, 2017