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Annual plant invasive to agricultural and aquatic communities. Distributed within the southeastern and northwestern U.S.
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May form dense mats in shallow water and moist terrestrial sites.
Alternate, lanceolate and clasping the stem. May be up to 3 in. long.
Form in upper leaf axils with three uniformly sized, white to purple petals about 8 mm long.
Root at nodes.
Doveweed (M. nudiflora) flowers are terminal, spiked racemes. Commelina spp. have one petal reduced in size. Tradescantia spp. is perennial with umbel-like cyme flowers.
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