Scurvy Weed (species: Commelina ensifolia) in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Commelina ensifolia
Scurvy Weed

©Anne Hoggett: Flower of Commelina ensifolia at Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Habit, leaves and flower of Commelina ensifolia at Lizard Island.
Kingdom Plantae
Division Tracheophyta
Class Magnoliopsida
Order Commelinales
Family Commelinaceae
Genus Commelina
Species Commelina ensifolia



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Size data has not been obtained.



Commelina diffusa, Commelina undulata and Commelina cyanea have all been recorded from Lizard Island, it appears mistakenly. ALA (accessed 8 Nov 2019) notes that C. undulata has been misapplied to C. ensifera and all old specimens in herbarium collections from the area are now identified as C. ensifera.

by Anne Hoggett

Colvill (2004) lists Commelina cyanea as an introduced species at Lizard Island, noting that it is native in NSW. There is no current record of that species at Lizard Island in ALA so it appears that Colvill misidentified C. ensifera.

by Anne Hoggett


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Lizard Island: Abundant in some areas

Web resources


  • Byrnes, N.B., S.L. Everist, S.T. Reynolds, A. Specht and R.L. Specht (1977). The vegetation of Lizard Island, North Queensland, Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland, 88: 1-15. LIRS catalog number 3.
  • Colvill, A., M. Ahmet, S. Clag and B. Haigh (2004). Lizard Island fauna and flora sampling report.Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. LIRS catalog number 10067.
  • De Sloover, J.R. and M. Dufrene (1999). Flora and vegetation of Turtell V, Turtell Islands Group (Queensland, Australia), Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg./ Bull. Nat. Plantentuin Belg., 67: 45-97. LIRS catalog number 577.
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