Ascending Dew-Grass
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Ascending Dew-Grass
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Ascending Dew-Grass
Botanical name: Cyanotis adscendens    Family: Commelinaceae (Dayflower family)
Synonyms: Cyanotis tuberosa var. adscendens, Cyanotis sarmentosa

Ascending Dew-Grass flowers are borne in clusters at the tips of flowering shoots. Cinicinni are elongate up to 2.5 cm, straight to strongly curled, bract ususally shorter than the cincinnus. Flowers are bisexual, sepals inverted-laceshaped, oblong or lanceshaped oblong, 4.5-6 x 1-1.5 mm, pilose and sometimes ciliate the margins. Corolla is 5-6 mm wide, pink to purple or reddish violet, petals with white reflexed tips. Stamens are spreading 8-10 mm wide, filaments densely bearded with pink to lavender hairs, anthers orange-yellow. Style is nearly equal to the stamens. Capsules are 2.5-3 x 2 mm, with dark brown spots and short streaks. Leaf rosettes are perennial, root tuberous. Flowering shoots are borne in leaf axils, 7-35 cm, sometimes rooting at the nodes. Rosette leaves are spirally arranged. linear to linear-lanceshaped, 10-15 cm long, 0.5-1 cm wide. Stem leaves are ovate to lanceshaped-elliptic, 1-3 x 0.3-0.9 cm. Ascending Dew-Grass is found in South India and Sri Lanka.

Identification credit: Mayur Nandikar
Photographed in Harishchandragad, Maharashtra.
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