Hairy Dew-Grass
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Hairy Dew-Grass
P Native Photo: N Arun Kumar
Common name: Hairy Dew-Grass
Botanical name: Cyanotis villosa    Family: Commelinaceae (Dayflower family)
Synonyms: Tradescantia villosa, Cyanotis cerifolia, Tradescantia cyanotidea

Hairy Dew-Grass is an erect or prostrate herbs with stem round in cross-section, hairy. Flowers are few, tube 6-7 mm long, petals 4 mm long, blunt, blue with red glands. Stamen filaments are 11 mm long, bearded; style dialated below the stigma. Sepals are 6-7 mm long, free, lanceshaped, keel fringed with hairs. Flowers are borne in cymes at branch-ends and upper in leaf-axils, stalkless. Bracts are 1.2 cm long, ovate-lanceshaped, hairy; bracteoles ovate, curved, fringed with hairs along the margins. Leaves are 2-8 x 0.8-2 cm, ovate, stalkless, heart-shaped at base, hairy above and below; sheath tubular, thickly hairy. Capsules are 2-3 mm long, hairy at tip; seeds paired. Hairy Dew-Grass is native to South India and Sri Lanka. Flowering: November-January.

Identification credit: Mayur Nandikar, S. Kasim Photographed in Karnataka & Tamil Nadu.

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