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Spiderwort Family: Commelinaceae

These family members are monocots, distinguished from dicots by parallel veins in the leaves and flower parts in multiples of three. A characteristic of this family, leaves wrap around stems and petals often appear sparkly in shades of blue, violet, pink, white, but never yellow. A third petal may be greatly reduced in size. Members of this family usually have six stamens that may differ in appearance.

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