Crested Cat Ears, नभाळी Nabhali (Marathi), Netha kina (Telugu), குதிரைகுளம்படி Kuthirai kulambadi (Tamil); 

Commelinaceae member for id 251109MK3:
Please help to identify this herb found in moist area. It has rooting at nodes. This picture is taken soon after the rains.
Place: Tirunelveli Dist, TN
Date: 15 Nov 20009


Flora of Chakrata: Cyanotis sp from Chakrata Sahiya Road: Cyanotis sp from Chakrata Road near Sahiya
To me it looks like Cyanotis cristata
Pls validate

Yes ……. Here are mine

I am also attaching mine probably from the same place.

ID No.25062011 _RD 02: Help to ID this Cyanotis sp

Date/Time-30/5/2011- 10 AM
Location- Place, Altitude, GPS-  Assam,
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type- Wild Type
Plant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb-  Herb (about 10-20cm tall)
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size-
Inflorescence Type/ Size- as seen in the photos
Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts- Blue
Fruits Type/ Shape/ Size Seeds- not seen
Occurance- common

efloraindia: 271011 BRS82:  Pl. find the attached file contain photos for id. request.
Date/Time-Location- 25.10.2011, Pelamedu
Place, Altitude, GPS- Coimbatore Dist., Tamil Nadu.
Habitat- Garden
Type-Plant Habit- Herb– (after rainy season this herb grow all over the garden as well as the road side).

This seems to be some Cyanotis species of Commelinaceae.
You have said the habitat as garden but since it is also on roadside you have to write it as growing wild. Garden generally indicates a planted variety

This is Cyanotis cristata


efloraofindia:”For Id 11092011MR1’’ peculiar blue flower Pune:Request for identification this peculiar blue flower .
Date/Time-Sep 2011
Location-Place, Altitude, GPS-Pune
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type- I do not know garden/wild
Plant Habit-Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- plant
Height/Length- about 2 feet
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size- green striped
Inflorescence Type/ Size-spiral
Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts- blue at the tip of the spiral
Fruits Type/ Shape/ Size Seeds- not seen
Other Information like Fragrance, Pollinator, Uses etc.- Many insects around and entangled with other creepers
I am sorry it was difficult due to fear of insects biting that I could not free it from other entangled creepers.

I hope cyanotis cristata

Thank you … After looking up on the net I have found that the blue tip is a very delicate flower. I try to go and look everyday for the bud to open but as yet have remained unlucky. I hope to get to see it.

…, am afraid what you are seeing as a bud is a flower which has lost its glory.
Try going to this area earlier, before sun rays fall directly on the flower.

Yes Cyanotis cristata for me too.

… I had gone to the same area from where I had photographed this plant in the 1st wk of Sep 2011. But the wild plants were cleared out . I searched my old photographs and found 1 photograph with a flower of a similar looking plant photographed from the same area on 12th Sep 2011. Attaching the pics. But the leaves shape looks a little different and also I cannot see lines on the leaves. Also the spathe(please correct me if I am wrong) looks smaller. I fear this plant the pictures which I have attached today is different than the one I posted before and is Idd by experts


cyanotis cristata:
cyanotis cristata, family commelinaceae
last couple of weeks
my place in alibaug


201211 BRS 275:

Pl. find the attached file contain photo of Commelina for sp. confirmation.
Location: Chandra Mill Qtrs. Near AirPort, Coimbatore
Date: 16.12.2011
Habitat: Urban, Road side
Habit: Herb?

Date/Time- 11.08.12 / 9am
Location- Palghar tehsil, Thane district , Maharashtra
Habitat-Wild growing near railway tracks
Plant Habit-A stout herb
Is this Cyanotis? Which spp? Cyanotis cristata?

Id is correct – it is Cyanotis cristata.


Commelinaceae for identification 290812MK01:

Please help me to identify this herb found near a wet rock in Western Ghats.
Date: 28 Jul 2012
Place: Valparai
Locale: near foot path and rocky slope
Alt.: 950 m asl

I think this is Cyanotis axillaris

Cyanotis cristata for sure


Wild Weed for ID : Mumbai : 100912 : AK-1:  Found this wild weed growing in Mumbai on 4/9/12.
Some Cyanotis species?

Could this be Cyanotis tuberosa?

… more chances of Cyanotis cristata, not sure if it can be some other genus.

I think you are right.

Cyanotis cristata.  


VoF Week: Cyanotis vaga from enroute Joshimath:
Cyanotis vaga from enroute Joshimath
Pls Validate

Thank you vry much for sharing one of the beautiful Cyanotis species, amother thing I willin to ask u that, hav u find any tuberous base in this plant n I need large size images of it for my phd work.

I could not notice any base on this plant for high res image pls mail be the email address

I think it is Cyanotis cristata only.


Flora of Chakrata: Cyanotis cristata for validation:  This one was shot from near Dakpathar in September 2011. I hope this is Cyanotis cristata….please validate/correct…

… strongly believe your plant to be Cyanotis cristata.

Yes … no doubt it is Cyanotis cristata only….


Flora of Chakrata: Cyanotis cristata for validation:
This one was shot from near Dakpathar in September 2011. I hope this is Cyanotis cristata…. please validate/correct…

… strongly believe your plant to be Cyanotis cristata.
Will wait for … to validate.

Yes … no doubt it is Cyanotis cristata only….


Cyanotis species for ID-201209-RK-2: Request ID of this species. On rock surfaceKallipaara Hill, Thattekad, Kerala. Pic taken 07-12-09.

Cyanotis cristata..? A guess..

Yes it is Cyanotis cristata (L.) D. Don.

I will support … and … in this matter the plant is indeed.
Cyanotis cristata (L.) D. Don

please check it for Cyanotis arachnoidea Clarke, is a species grows mostly some what higher altitude.

Comparative study between Cyanotis burmanniana and C cristata shows more affinity towards Cyanotis burmanniana Wight.

Cyanotis cristata for sure ……….earlier I was not aware with C. burmaniana but now I can easily recognize these two species in field easily….And this is C. cristata only.


please help me in identifying the species of this commelina(?) : 1 image. 2 posts by 2 authors.
This is Cyanotis cristata.
One of the common annual from family Commelinaceae.


unfurling away slowly : Attachments (3). 6 posts by 3 authors.

saw this small plant growing these new set of leaves… never seen anything like this earlier… the stalk just grows from behind and the newer [on the top] leaves start to open.
1] what plant is this? or what type does it belong to? [ if possible]
2] what is this type of growth called?

Looks like Cyanotis concanensis from Commelinaceae family.

This is nothing but a cincinnii of Cyanotis cristata (Commelinaceae).
These are actually the bracteoles which are arranged in two rows and the lower larger one is the leafy bract.


Identification of the commelinaceae member requested : Attachments (3). 2 posts by 2 authors.
Please help me in identifying this Commelinaceae members.

This is Cyanotis cristata for sure

Chakrata Tour 2013:: Cyanotis 2 for id.. : Attachments (3). 4 posts by 3 authors.
Please help to find id of this small herb.. is this Cyanotis cristata ?..

This is also Cyanotis cristata, variation in flower colour is common in members of Commelinaceae

Chakrata Tour 2013:: Cyanotis 3 for id.. : Attachments (4). 4 posts by 3 authors.
I am submitting one more Cyanotis for id from Chakrata area.. can’t say if this same as earlier..

Apparently look likes Cyanotis cristata 

Commelina sp (?) from Assam -08, 2014 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (6).
Attached images may be Commelina sp (?). Please ID the plant.
Date :12.02.2014
Location: Assam
Family : Commelinaceae
Genus & species : Commelina sp
Habitat: Grows wild
Habit : Herb

The plant seems to be like Cynotis sps. at first look. The flower needs to be disected for further identification.

Thank you very much … for Id up to Genus level. It may be Cyanotis cristata which is similar to. So please validate.

yes. this is Cyanotis cristata for sure

ARJUL28 Commelinaceae for ID- Cyanotis sp.? : 3 posts by 2 authors.
Bangalore 11th July

This is Cyanotis cristata.

SGNP, Aug 2014 :: Requesting ID of this plant :: ARKSEP-01 :  3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (7).
Requesting to please ID this plant captured at Kanheri Caves, SGNP in Aug 2014.

Cyanotis cristata.

Cyanotis cristata (L.) D.Don SN Oct 04 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (3).
Cyanotis cristata (L.) D.Don, Commelinaceae
wild herb near Bangalore

oct2015sk04/04 – possibly Cyanotis cristata (L.) D. Don : 5 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (8)
Again this is the same place where I found Callicarpa, photographed on the day before yesterday (6.10.15) at around 12.20 pm.

It looks like Cyanotis cristata

Yes! It is Cyanotis cristata

Yes it is Cyanotis cristata, some time it is reddish and cobwebby.

For ID confirmation.. : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)
Location- Sagar, Shivamogga, Karnataka
Habitat- Tropical Semi-Evergreen
Date of capture- 20-8-2016
Pleas help with species name for this recorded cyanotis??

Pl. check comparative images at Cyanotis

It’s Cyanotis cristata only!!!

Thanks, … It was really confusing for me.

Yes …, its too variable species. But the cristate inflorescence likes cocks comb can be an unique character.

Cyanotis for id. no. 210917sn1 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (6)
Your help in id. please. These were 2 flowers growing side by side. I think it looks like Cyanotis cristata but not sure as the colours are so variable. please validate.
location:Aambyvalley rd.,Lonavala,Pune.
Plant habit:herb

Thank you … for an observation and photo documentation. You are correct, it is Cyanotis cristata only, flower colours vary from pink to mauve to blue.

Cyanotis cristata for validation : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)
Cyanotis cristata perhaps
Urulanthanny, Thattekkad, near Kothamangalam
First week of October 2018

To me also appear close to images at /species/a—l/cl/commelinaceae/cyanotis/cyanotis-cristata. Thanks, …

Cyanotis for identification, mm 8 17 11 2018 : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)
Cyanotis for identification.
Urulanthanny, Thattekkad, near Kothamangalam
First week of October 2018

Appears interesting.

For me it’s Cyanotis cristata!!

Cyanotis arachnoidea perhaps, mm5 10 11 2018 : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)
Cyanotis arachnoidea perhaps.
Any help in identifying this herb would be most welcome
This was seen growing on a kerbstone in the road that divides Chinnar WLS, Kerala

Cyanotis cristata (L.) D.Don

Thanks, …, for the id.
I also feel these are closer to images at Cyanotis cristata as per comparative images at Cyanotis

Yes, it is Cyanotis cristata.

at Kanakeshwar, Alibag- 22/8/08?; In Gandipet in Hyderabad, AP on 7/9/08; Yeoor Hills (SGNP)- 25 JUL 09; on 12/9/09 in Butterfly Park within Zoo Park in Hyderabad; Tirunelveli Dist, TN- 15 Nov 20009; Lalbagh Botanical Garden, Bangalore-11-10-09; Goa; 25/08/10- tala, umaria m.p.; Panaroma Point, Matheran (Maharashtra); Which Cyanotis species? – indiantreepix | Google Groups ¿ Cyanotis species ? – indiantreepix | Google Groups
Cyanotis cristata ? – indiantreepix | Google Groups Wild Flower for ID-131009-RK-1 – efloraofindia | Google Groups Commelinaceae Plant for ID – efloraofindia | Google Groups

Is this a commelina? : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)- 546 kb.
Could you help with specie please?
Bhopal. Black soil. 20/8/2020

Cyanotis sp., Resembles C. cristata,

Yes, it is Cyanotis cristata!


(2) Identifying weed plant Commelina : 13 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (3)- around 800 kb each.

Please identify this weed plant Commelina specious.

Name of plant: Commelina

Location: near Reserve Forest, Chathamattom, Ernakulam District(far east), Kerala PIN:686671

Date:05.10.2020, Morning



Plant habit:crawling weed

Height:6 inches maximum

Leaves shape:long oval

Flower:7mm diameter, violet, non fragrant

Cyanotis cristata

Cyanotis vaga !

Pl. post a habit image showing the full plant.

See the attachment.
Attachments (2)- 1 mb each.

I will go for Cyanotis cristata (L.) D.Donrather than Cyanotis vaga (Lour.) Schult. & Schult.f. as per comparative images and details at Cyanotis

Yes, it is Cyanotis cristata!
Cyanotis Species for ID : Mumbai : 26OCT20 : AK-45 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)
Cyanotis Species seen by the roadside this month.

Cyanotis cristata


Lalbagh Botanical Garden, Bangalore-11-10-09; Wild Flower for ID-131009-RK-1 – efloraofindia | Google Groups


140 ID wild plant Commelina: 14 images.

Please ID wild plant,
Location: near Reserve Forest, Chathamattom, Ernakulam District, (Kochi) Kerala PIN:686671
Altitude: 1400fsl
Flower date: 20.08.2021, 11.25am
Habitat: wild moisture
Plant habit: creeping, branches, slender weak fleshy purple stem 2.5mm diameter, hairy, annual
Height: 05cm
Leaves: alternate, oblong, apex, size:5×1cm or less
Flower: 3 petals, diameter:11mm, violet, non fragrant
Camera: mobile Samsung Galaxy A21s

Cyanotis !

It is very close to Cyanotis burmanniana 

I think Cyanotis cristata (L.) D.Don as per images and details herein.
Looks different from images at Cyanotis burmanniana Wight

Please check the collage, …
First is C. cristata as per efi
Second is C. burmanniana in Efi
Third is the said, mine, very close to C.burmanniana and only difference is hairless,


SK 3012 03 October 2021: 8 very high res. images.
Location: Jumla, West Nepal
Altitude: 1509m/2230m
Date: 16 August 2021
Habit : Wild
Cyanotis vaga (Lour.) J. A. & J. H. Schult. b???

It’s Cyanotis cristata!

Cyanotis cristata (Linnaeus) D. Don


Wild Herb for ID : Borgad Conservation Reserve : Nasik : 03OCT21 : AK – 007: 2 images.
Wild herb seen at the base of Borgad last month (3.10.21).


Cyanotis !

Pl. post high res. images.

Cyanotis villosa,

2 high res. images.

This is cyanotis cristata!!


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