Cyanotis cristata

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

  • Botanical Name : Cyanotis cristata (L.) D. Don
  • Synonyms : Commelina cristata L.
  • Plant Family : Commelinaceae
  • Plant Form : Herb
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 26
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park

About Cyanotis cristata Plant :

  • Habit : A prostrate herb with slender, fibrous root. Stem branched from the base, then ascending, glabrous or with spreading hairs.
  • Leaves : Sessile, spreading, ovate-oblong, obtuse or subacute, flat, glabrous or sparsely hairy, with villously ciliate margins, base rounded or cordate; sheaths short, hirsute.
  • Inflorescence : Scopioid cymes.
  • Flowers :
    • Bracteate, complete. Bracts like the leaves, ovate, cordate, acuminate, ciliate, bracteoles few or many, biseriate, ovate, falcate, acute, glabrous or ciliate with long hairs.
    • Sepals lanceolate, acuminate.
    • Corolla-tube not much exceeding the sepals; corolla-lobes ovate.
    • Filaments fusiform below the tip, bearded above.
    • Style naked.
  • Fruit :
    • Capsules oblong, trigonous, truncate, membranous, nearly glabrous.
    • Seeds trigonous, striate and with 2 large pits on two of the faces, black.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : August-October
  • Significance : A very common species during the rains.