Annual Blue-Eyed Grass
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Annual Blue-Eyed Grass
aturalized Photo: S. Jeevith
Common name: Annual Blue-Eyed Grass
Botanical name: Sisyrinchium rosulatum    Family: Iridaceae (Iris family)

Annual Blue-Eyed Grass is common weed, native to North America. It is an annual herb with long, narrow grasslike leaves. Flowers are tiny but striking. They have a bell-shaped tube, flaring open distally. Tepals are maroon or pink to lavender-rose with purple stripes, or yellow with rosy purple bases. Outer tepals are 5-11 mm, tip pointed, rarely aristate. Filaments are fused basally, occasionally to 1/2 their length, basally inflated and stipitate-glandular 0.5-0.8 mm. Ovary is similar in color to leaves. Capsules are tan, globose, 2.1-4.2 mm, stalk spreading to recurved.

Identification credit: S. Jeevith
Photographed in Tamil Nadu.
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