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Photographer: Theodore Webster
Source: USDA Agricultural Research Service
Cover photo: invasive.org

Tropical Spiderwort

Commelina benghalensis

Origin: Asia and Africa

Impact: Tropical spiderwort forms, dense, pure stands, smothering out other plants, especially low-growing crops. It has been reported recently as a problem in cotton in Alabama. In pastures, it grows rapidly over desirable grasses and legumes, competing with them for light and nutrients. In rice and other lowland crops it may be almost subaquatic withstanding flooding and waterlogged conditions, but they can also be found in cultivated lands, field borders, gardens, grasslands, roadsides, and waste places, and can become the dominant species in pastures.

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