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Nabhali   
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Nabhali
ative Photo: Rahul Prabhu Khanolkar
Common name: Nabhali • Marathi: नभाळी Nabhali • Telugu: Netha kina • Tamil: குதிரைகுளம்படி Kuthirai kulambadi
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
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Photographed in Karnataka.