Hairy Bugloss
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Hairy Bugloss
A Native Photo: Varinder Kumar
Common name: Hairy Bugloss
Botanical name: Gastrocotyle hispida    Family: Boraginaceae (Forget-me-not family)
Synonyms: Anchusa deflexa, Anchusa hispida

Hairy Bugloss is a hairy annual herb with stems up to 35 cm long, prostrate to erect, branched, hairy; hairs up to 2 mm long, arising from a swollen base. Flowers are purplish blue to blue, 2.5-3 mm long; calyx tube length, longer than the limb, throat vinous. Leaves are hairy on both surfaces. Basal leaves are 0.4-10 cm x 9-11 mm, inverted-lanceshaped, wavy. Stem leaves are stalkless, shorter and narrower. Calyx is retrorsely hairy, deeply divided into blunt sepals. Nutlets are 3-4 mm broad, transversely ovoid, brown, rugulose-tuberculate. Hairy Bugloss is found in N. Africa, Arabia, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India. It is found in the Himalayas, up to altitudes of 2300 m. Flowering: March-May.

Identification credit: Varinder Kumar Photographed in Faridkot, Punjab.

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