SABILAU, Creeping Cradle Plant • Hindi: काना Kana • Marathi: बेचका Bechka • Tamil: Vazhukai pul • Telugu: Golla gundi, Kodi kalu • Kannada: Negalu kanne soppu; 


Commelinaceae for id 271010MK1: Kindly help to confirm this Commelinaceae herb. Could this be Cyanotis sp.? Date/Time- 14-11-2010 / 05:00 PM
Location- Place, Altitude, GPca; 10msl; Kancheepuran dist., TN
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type– waste land
Plant Habit-herb
Height/Length- ca. 1m; trailing
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size- 8 x 2.5 cm
Inflorescence Type/ Size- axillary cyme; 1cm across
Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts- light purple 

– This could be Cyanotis axillaris. But am not sure about the identity as the allied species Cyanotis cucullata also look alike. But differs in characters of their fruit. If you could give the details about the fruit, I can sort it out for you.


Cyanotis axillaris (L.) D.Don ex Sweet from Hooghly:

The group post that helped me identify this species is efi thread.
I hope i am not wrong!
Species : Cyanotis axillaris (L.) D.Don ex Sweet
Habit & Habitat : 1 foot herb on roadside tree shades
Date : 14/10/12, 10.40 a.m.
Place : Nalikul (Hooghly)


Cyanotis ID from Hooghly 29/10/12 sk1:

Found this small herb inside an uncultivated paddy field.
Species : UNKNOWN
H & H : herb of about 10 cm height, similar to my earlier upload but with 1) smaller leaves, 2) smaller in length and 3) with single terminal flower except a very few
Date : 26/10/12, 10.25 a.m.
Place : Hooghly

This looks like Cyanotis axillaris [previously Tonningia axillaris].

Certainly there are few C. axillaris (eg. the left one in the first pic) in the attached pictures, but thought there might be another species growing side by side.


181212 BRS 417:  I am glad to inform you that I joined at Pichandikulam Forest Consultants, Auriville, Pondichery- as Ecologist.
Here after my posting will be Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest species/ coastal ecosystem etc.,
Attached file contain picture for id request.
Location: Muthukadu, Vilupuram Dist,
Date: 18.12.12
Habitat: Brackish water
Habit: herb.

the plant you posted seems like a Cyanotis species… The posted plant is Cyanotis axillaris (= Amischophacelus axillaris)

Commelinaceae for identification 150113MK03:
Please help me to identify this herb from Commelinaceae. Is this any Cyanotis sp.?

Leaf: 0.5 x 8 cm
Flower: 1 cm across
Habitat: Sandy; near roadside of a coastal region
Date: 24 Dec 2012
Place: Point Calimere, Nagapatinam Dist., TN
Alt.: 1 – 2 m asl

Cyanotis axillaris syn Tonningia axillaris.

Yes …, It is Cyanotis axillaris


Dehradun-Mussoorie Tour 2013:: Cyanotis for id from Saharanpur : Attachments (3).  3 posts by 2 authors.
This small, prostrate herb was shot near Saharanpur (U.P.) from a roadside waste place, while I was heading to Dehradun for a 4 day educational tour of B.Sc. students…
Please provide id…I hope this is a Cyanotis sp.

It looks like Cyanotis axillaris to me.
efi thread

Thanks a lot … for this help…


Cyanotis for id no060316sn1 : 5 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (2)

Your help required for identification

location:aambyvalley rd.,lonavala,pune
plant habit:herb
height:about 2 ft.

Cyanotis species in eFloraofindia (with details/ keys from published papers/ regional floras/ FRLHT/ FOI/ Biotik/ efloras/ books etc., where ever available on net) 

Looks like Cyanotis fasciculata to me.

Beautiful, It is Cyanotis axillaris (L.) D.Don ex Sweet, of Commelinaceae

Confirmation of Id requested  : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (5)
I have attached 3 different plants collected at different locations  in nellore district only, they look closer to Cyanotis axillaris but with some difference, I wish to know whether all these are same (ie cyanotis axillaris) or different

I am attaching one more for the id confirmation of Cyanotis axillaris
Attachments (1)

Thanks, …, At first glance, I think Id is Ok.

All are Cyanotis axillaris.

Prostrate Herb for ID, Vikarabad, Telangana NAW-DEC18-03 : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)- around 300 kb each.
Kindly identify this prostrate herb with pink stems and blue flowers. Photographed on fallow land near Vikarabad, Telangana in September 2018.

It seems Cyanotis fasciculata. It looks similar to https://www.flickr.com/photos/dinesh_valke/4944020638 by …
In Marathi it is called Nilwanti.


137 ID wild plant Cyanotis Auxiliaries: 11 images.

Please confirm the ID of wild plant,
Location: near Reserve Forest, Chathamattom, Ernakulam District, (Kochi) Kerala PIN:686671
Altitude: 1400fsl
Flower date: 04.08.2021, 9.25pm
Habitat: wild moisture
Plant habit: creeping, branches, slender weak fleshy stem 2.5mm diameter, annual
Height: 15cm
Leaves: alternate, lengthy, apex, upto size:9×0.7cm
Flower: 3 petals, diameter:09mm, violet, non fragrant, whitish when closing
Camera: mobile Samsung Galaxy A21s

Yes it’s Cyanotis axillaris,


Commelinaceae: Cyanotis axillaris (Blume) Sweet: 1 high res. image.
synonyms: Cyanotis axillaris (L.) D.Don, Amischophacelus axillaris (L.) R.S.Rao & Kammathy
location/date: Tropical Forest Research Institute, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, October 1994

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