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Cyanotis cristata (Linn.) Schultes f., Syst. 7:1150. 1830. Clarke in DC., l.c. 247; Hook. f., l.c. 385; Cooke, l.c. 304; Collett, Fl. Siml. (rep. ed.) 534. 1921.

Cyanotis cristata

Credit: Azmat

  • Commelina cristata Linn.
  • Tradescantia cristata (Linn.) Jacq.
  • Tradescantia imbricata Roxb.

    Prostrate herb with erect or ascending branches, 15-30 (-45) cm. long, glabrous to slightly pubescent with subspreading hairs. Leaves ovate to oblong, sessile, distant, acute to subobtuse, entire, 5-10 cm long, 1-1.5 cm broad, base cordate, sub-rounded to rounded, margins villously ciliate to subglabrous. Flowers blue, usually in terminal clusters subtended by ovate-falcate, c. 1.5 cm long, acute, folded spathes. Capsules 3-4 mm long, trigonous, obtuse, membranous, nearly glabrous, usually 6-seeded (sometimes less due to abortion); seeds c. 1.2 mm long, striated or piled.

    Fl.Per.: July-Sept.

    Type: Habitat in Zeylona.

    Distribution: Most of tropical Asia and Africa, especially on hills.


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