Wandering Dew-Grass
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Wandering Dew-Grass
ative Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Wandering Dew-Grass • Mizo: Dawngte, Zawhte-mit
Botanical name: Cyanotis vaga    Family: Commelinaceae (Dayflower family)
Synonyms: Cyanotis barbata, Commelina hirsuta, Tonningia barbata

Wandering Dew-Grass is a slender sparsely-branched plant, with narrow-lanceshaped leaves often with long woolly hairs on the sheaths. Flowers are small dark-blue, subtended by by long straight or curved bracts. Flowers are about 1 cm across, in clusters in leaf axils or at branch ends. Stamen filaments have long white or blue hairs. Bracts are hairy with with enlarged rounded bases. Leaves are 3-7.5 cm long, variably hairy. Stem is usually 8-30 cm long, often tufted and rooting at the nodes. Wandering Dew-Grass is found in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to SW China and Burma, at altitudes of 800-2700 m. Flowering: July-September.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed on Mussoorie-Chakrata Road, Uttarakhand.

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