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Violet in Green. Small-leaved Dew Flower, Aneilema nudiflorum or Murdannia nudiflora, KLCC Park, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | by Rana Pipiens
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Violet in Green. Small-leaved Dew Flower, Aneilema nudiflorum or Murdannia nudiflora, KLCC Park, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A Spiderwort Day Flower, of course, but when the day proceeds and the dews have dried it soon wilts away. I was lucky; this morning's clouds dispersed only after Noon and I knew where there's a clump of our Murdannia in longer, shading grass out of the reach of the lawnmowers.

This particular Spiderwort of the Commelinaceae has become pantropical. Its flower is only 6-8 mm across. Violet in color nigh onto doveblue; but the name Doveweed by which it's sometimes called is rather confusing because that's also used for even more invasive Turkey Mullein.

The Murdannia clan was named by famous English-Indian botanist John Forbes Royle (1799-1858). He'd been the superintendent of the Botanic Garden of Saharunpur in the Uttar Pradesh of northern India. His able assistant and keeper of the herbarium there was Munshi Murdan Aly (for whom I could find no dates). But the accepted botanical name of this Dewflower now is Aneilema nudiflorum, which refers to the absence of enclosing bracts of the flower.

This photo was taken on the verges of the KLCC Park of the Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Taken on December 21, 2011