Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
World | By Tasha Manning

MY GREEN CEILING: THE GRASS OF SANTA LUCIA (Commelina erecta)

MY GREEN CEILING: THE GRASS OF SANTA LUCIA (Commelina erecta)

("St. Lucia flower") is a perennial herbaceous plant of the family Commelinaceae. Racemic, rhizomatous up to 50 cm in height. Decant, fleshy stems, with ramifications in the lower knots. Leaves alternating sheathing at the base, with short, closed, hairy pods and blades ovate or lanceolate, with a sharp apex, up to 4 cm wide by 10 long, somewhat hairy on the underside and with rough and wavy margins. Inflorescence formed by one or two scorpioid peaks that are born within a closed espatiforme bract of about 2-3 cm long, with 1-3 male flowers, the upper one with fertile flowers; Very showy, blue corolla with 3 petals closed free, unguiculated, being the outermost small so they seem to have only two petals. Fruit capsule 3 seminada. The comelina is an ornament plant, whose beautiful blue-sky flowers reproduce without ceasing.

Its name Saint Lucia or St. Lucia Grass, goes back to history Of a young Syracusan named Lucy, who in the time of Diocletian was persecuted by the Romans for not denying its Christianity, was condemned to death. Before being executed, her eyes were plucked but could not deprive her of her ability to see. That is why the Christian tradition gave a special symbolism to Lucia, who is considered the patroness of the blind. This herb is attributed to healing properties in ocular discomforts and the liquid that accumulates in its flowers was traditionally used as eye drops, called Saint Lucia.

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