Cyanotis villosa

Cyanotis villosa (Spreng.) Schult. & Schult.f., Syst. Veg. 7: 1155 1830. (syn: Cyanotis lanceolata Wight; Tonningia villosa (Spreng.) Kuntze; Tradescantia cyanotidea Hassk.; Tradescantia villosa Spreng.);

SW. India, Sri Lanka as per WCSP;

Erect or procumbent herbs; stem terete, villous. Leaves 2-8 x 0.8-2 cm, ovate, sessile, cordate at base, villous above and below; sheath tubular, thickly villous. Cymes terminal and upper axillary, sessile; bracts 1.2 cm long, ovate-lanceolate, villous; bracteoles ovate, curved, ciliate along the margins. Flowers few; sepals 6-7 mm long, free, lanceolate, keel ciliate; corolla tube 6-7 mm long, lobes 4 mm long, obtuse, blue with red glands; filaments 11 mm long, bearded; style dialated below the stigma. Capsule 2-3 mm long, hairy at apex; seeds paired.
Flowering and fruiting: November-January
Evergreen, shola and moist deciduous forests
Peninsular India and Sri Lanka

(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi from India Biodiversity Portal)


  • Cyanotis species for ID 09DEC16 AK01 : 8 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (6)
    Is this Cyanotis racemosa ?
    A cutting in vegetative state was brought from Siddarabetta, Tumkur District, Karnataka
    Leaves distichous, cottony hair present on leaf undersides and margin, upper surface glabrous.
    Flowers both terminal and axial.

    Now blooming profusely in Bangalore. (December 2016)
    Description for C.racemosa matches with this plant -
    Sorry, Forgot to attach pictures of plant from original site in SIddarabetta, Feb 2016
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    Cyanotis racemosa!!
    Thank you! Same plant identified on Indian Flora by you as Cyanotis villosa?
    Apology for earlier ID, it is Cyanotis villosa, hurriedly I have written C. racemosa.

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