Common name: Nabhali • Marathi: नभाळी Nabhali • Telugu: Netha kina • Tamil: குதிரைகுளம்படி Kuthirai kulambadi
Photo: Rahul Prabhu Khanolkar
Botanical name: Cyanotis cristata Family: Commelinaceae (dayflower family)
Nabhali is a prostrate herb with erect or ascending branches, 15-30 cm long,
which are smooth or slightly hairy with subspreading hairs. Leaves ovate to
oblong, sessile, distant, acute to subobtuse, entire, 5-10 cm long, 1-1.5 cm
broad. Flowers blue, usually in terminal clusters subtended by
ovate-falcate, 1.5 cm long, acute, folded spathes. Capsules 3-4 mm long,
trigonous, obtuse, membranous, nearly glabrous, usually 6-seeded.
Distribution: Most of tropical Asia and Africa, especially on hills.
Identification credit: Rahul Prabhu Khanolkar