sy-an-NOH-tiss — from Greek kyanos (blue) and ous (ear), referring to color and form of petalsDave’s Botanary
too-ber-OH-suh or tew-ber-OH-suh — tuberousDave’s Botanary

commonly known as: greater cat ears • Marathi: आभाळी abhali

Endemic to: Western Ghats (of India) 

 
Roseete perennial, erect to ascending herb. Root tuberous, 3-8 cm. Reproductive shoots arise from the base of the rosette. Stem green hirsute Stem green, hirsute; internodes 2 – 9.5 cm. Rosette leaves distichous, green; sheath 1.4- 5.5. cm, hirsute, mouth ciliate, lamina linear- lanceolate, 20  –  39 x 2.5 – 3 cm, margin ciliate, upper surface glabrous lower surface hirsute, apex acute. Cauline leaves distichous, green; sheath 0.7 – 2.5 cm, hirsute, mouth ciliate, lamina linear – lanceolate, 3 – 13 x 1.5 – 2 cm, margins ciliate, upper surface glabrous, lower surface hirsute, apex acute. Cymes terminal or axillary, peduncles 0.5 – 3 cm, hirsute with a band of dense cilia opposite the bract. Bracts foliaceous green or purple, lanceolate – ovate, 1 – 2.5 x 0.3 – 0.  7cm, base chordate, margin ciliate, hirsute, apex acute. Bracteoles green or purple, ovate  to falcate, 0.4 – 1.4 x 0.3 – 0.9 cm, margins ciliate, hirsute exposed areas purple in colour, apex  acute. Sepals 3, pale white, lanceolate, up to 5.25 x 1mm, basally connate, margins ciliate, hirsute. Petals 3, blue violet or purple, 7- 7.5 x 3 – 3.25mm, fused, margins entire, glabrous. Stamens 6, up to 1.1cm long blue, bearded, hairs blue to violet, sub apical bulging; anther lobe yellow. Ovary 1 – 1.4 x 1x 1.1mm, pale green, ovate, hairy, densely ciliate; style violet – blue, sub apical bulging; stigma simple. Capsule 0.35 x 0.2 cm, stramineous with dark brown streaks, ovate, apex ciliate, glabrous elsewhere. Seeds 1.52 x 1.25 – 1.3mm, pyramidal, pale brown –brown or grey or reddish, tests reticulate, shallowly and irregularly pitted; hilum ventral, rounded, embryotega terminal. 
Based on the various efloraindia discussion on Cyanotis species, some typical attributes which one could use for initial identification could be as below. I would appreciate if you could comment on this.
    tuberosa : Stem , leaves, bracts hirsute, but  leaf upper lamina glabrous, rossette leaves,  stem leaves linear/lanceolate,  condensed scorpioid cyme
    cristata: Stem ,leaves glabrous,   condensed scorpiod cyme (also bracketed with C.cerifolia)
    fasciculata : stem leaves puberulous, inflorescence: fasciculate (hence no crown like structure ??)
    axillaris: solitary flower; in leaf
axils, plant glabrous


  

 

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Commelinales and Zingiberales Week :: Commelinaceae ::Cyanotis tuberosa: Cyanotis tuberosa (Commelinaceae Family) photographed at Kulang top (Kalsubai Range).
Date/Time: 20-09-2009 / 09:15 AM , 03:20PM  


 

Commelinales & Zingiberales Week: Greater Cat Ears: Cyanotis tuberosa (Greater Cat Ears

Commelinales and Zingiberales Week: Identifying Cyanotis species: I have attached 3 pics,  identified the first two pics as C.cristata, This plant was one of the first to emerge from the baked soil at the end of Summer, when most of the ground was barren brown. Third picture I am not sure which Cyanotis
to distinguish the species of Cyanotis.. (as  mentioned in the earlier discussions on this group.: cristata, fasciculata, tuberosa, vaga ). this is what I use; please correct if I am wrong.
      fasciculata:  leaves  ovately elliptic, few flowered inflorescence, axillary or terminal tuberosa:  leaves, stem with silky hairs, bracts with long hairs, has a crown like structure, but not as distinctive as cristata
      cristata: leaves linear or oblong, stem little puberulous, many flowered  cincinni ( scorpiod cyme??)  consequently it looks like a distinctive  crown [c.cristata is supposed to be obviously  “cristate” ( Efora of China/ Pakistan)….
wondering what that refers to}. vaga: ??

     It would be nice If  simple keys  for Indian species of Cyanotis or Commelina emerge  during  this weeks  activities.   It would at least  help definitive id of common species at the time of spotting itself. 


– This might be Cyanotis tuberosa
.. If you don’t mind please provide the locality details and according to you this emerged from baked soil that means may be possibility of underground tuberous and Cyanotis cristata is glabrous herb and spathe is also glbrous.
Cyanotis tuberosa Schult. f. Syst. Veg. 7: 1153. 1830; Clarke in: DC., Mon. Phan. 249. 1981; Cooke, Fl. Pres. Bombay 3: 302. 1906; Matthew, Fl. Tamilnadu Carnatic 365, 1981; Matthew & Britto, Fl. Tamilnadu Carnatic 3: 1963. Type: India. Tradescantia tuberosa Roxb., Pl. Cor. T. 108, 1798. 
Roseete perennial, erect to ascending herb. Root tuberous, 3-8 cm. Reproductive shoots arise from the base of the rosette. Stem green hirsute Stem green, hirsute; internodes 2 – 9.5 cm. Rosette leaves distichous, green; sheath 1.4- 5.5. cm, hirsute, mouth ciliate, lamina linear- lanceolate, 20  –  39 x 2.5 – 3 cm, margin ciliate, upper surface glabrous lower surface hirsute, apex acute. Cauline leaves distichous, green; sheath 0.7 – 2.5 cm, hirsute, mouth ciliate, lamina linear – lanceolate, 3 – 13 x 1.5 – 2 cm, margins ciliate, upper surface glabrous, lower surface hirsute, apex acute. Cymes terminal or axillary, peduncles 0.5 – 3 cm, hirsute with a band of dense cilia opposite the bract. Bracts foliaceous green or purple, lanceolate – ovate, 1 – 2.5 x 0.3 – 0.  7cm, base chordate, margin ciliate, hirsute, apex acute. Bracteoles green or purple, ovate  to falcate, 0.4 – 1.4 x 0.3 – 0.9 cm, margins ciliate, hirsute exposed areas purple in colour, apex  acute. Sepals 3, pale white, lanceolate, up to 5.25 x 1mm, basally connate, margins ciliate, hirsute. Petals 3, blue violet or purple, 7- 7.5 x 3 – 3.25mm, fused, margins entire, glabrous. Stamens 6, up to 1.1cm long blue, bearded, hairs blue to violet, sub apical bulging; anther lobe yellow. Ovary 1 – 1.4 x 1x 1.1mm, pale green, ovate, hairy, densely ciliate; style violet – blue, sub apical bulging; stigma simple. Capsule 0.35 x 0.2 cm, stramineous with dark brown streaks, ovate, apex ciliate, glabrous elsewhere. Seeds 1.52 x 1.25 – 1.3mm, pyramidal, pale brown –brown or grey or reddish, tests reticulate, shallowly and irregularly pitted; hilum ventral, rounded, embryotega terminal.


– Thank you very much  for the corrected id  “Cyanotis tuberosa” and detail description..
Forgot to mention, the location is outskirts of bangalore, taken  in end  May  2009

Based on the various efloraindia discussion on Cyanotis species, some typical attributes which one could use for initial identification could be as below. I would appreciate if you could comment on this.
    tuberosa : Stem , leaves, bracts hirsute, but  leaf upper lamina glabrous, rossette leaves,  stem leaves linear/lanceolate,  condensed scorpioid cyme
    cristata: Stem ,leaves glabrous,   condensed scorpiod cyme (also bracketed with C.cerifolia)
    fasciculata : stem leaves puberulous, inflorescence: fasciculate (hence no crown like structure ??)
    axillaris: solitary flower; in leaf
axils, plant glabrous

 

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Names of Plants in India :: Cyanotis tuberosa: Cyanotis tuberosa (Roxb.) Schult. & Schult.f.
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sy-an-NOH-tiss — from Greek kyanos (blue) and ous (ear), referring to color and form of petals
too-ber-OH-suh or tew-ber-OH-suh — tuberous
botanical names: Cyanotis tuberosa (Roxb.) Schult. & Schult.f. … 
synonyms: Cyanotis concanensis Hassk. •Cyanotis sahyadrica Blatt. • Cyanotis stocksii Hassk. • Cyanotis thomsonii Hassk. • Tonningia tuberosa (Roxb.) Kuntze • Tradescantia tuberosa Roxb.  – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
Photographed at Kas plateau on 28 SEP 08 … more views at
http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=Cyanotistuberosa&w=91314344%40N00&s=r…
Please validate that this plant is endemic to Western Ghats of Maharashtra alone.

Frankly, all of my photos are just point-and-shoot views (without flash) … with the only basic recurrent use of metering (spot / partial) … some reading about metering modes at Wikipedia<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metering_mode>


 

Herb for ID: Habit : Herb
Location: Shahapur mountains- Gulbarga district
Date of Picture taken :26.08.2011
Photo had taken foot of mountain region.
It could be a Cyanotis tuberosa ?….


This could be Cyanotis tuberosa owing to the tuberous roots and hairy inflorescence. Check this: /species/a—l/cl/commelinaceae/cyanotis/cyanotis-tuberosa
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Kas Week :AVD: Cyanotis tuberosa:01 October 2012: Cyanotis tuberosa, family: Commelinaceae


 

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KAS Week:DS_011012_05 Cyanotis cristata:   Seen this beautiful blue flowers near the entry point of the plateau. Hope id is correct.


… this must be Cyanotis tuberosa (family Commelinaceae) … the greater cat ears, locally known as आभाली (abhali).


Yes …, you are right. It is Cyanotis tuberosa sure, I just now check the flowersofindia database.


 

 

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Kas Week :: DV :: 28 SEP 08 – 1149 :: Cyanotis tuberosa:  Kas plateauabout 4000 ft asl
… one of the 39 World Heritage sites in the Western Ghats of India 
28 SEP 08
Cyanotis tuberosa (Roxb.) Schult. & Schult.f. … (family: Commelinaceae) 
sy-an-NOH-tiss — from Greek kyanos (blue) and ous (ear), referring to color and form of petalsDave’s Botanary
too-ber-OH-suh or tew-ber-OH-suh — tuberousDave’s Botanary
commonly known as: greater cat ears • Marathi: आभाळी abhali
Endemic to: Western Ghats (of India)
References: Flowers of IndiaFlowers of Sahyadri by Shrikant Ingalhalikar 

wonderful macro…
I want to ask you something…
the first picture … is it out of the camera directly or did you post process it…
at all like trimming , touching up, brightening it, sharpening it etc any thing… 


The picture is straight out of camera (Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ18).


 

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KAS Week::(Cyanotis tuberosa 02/10/2012-NJ):    Cyanotis tuberosa Greater cat ears (Abhali in Marathi)


Cyanotis tuberosa
Yes a Commelinaceae member of these Plateaus (सडा )
It has longer inter-nodes and a height is considerably more than Cyanotis cristata. Also observed here is the characteristic red tinge in the scapes.

 

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Kas week: Cyanotis tuberosa SMP:  Cyanotis tuberosa
Commelinaceae

A more common species of Cyanotis on the proper plateau than the other two species.
More taller. The flowers are more brighter blue and the scapes have distinct red tinge.

 

Kas week : Cyanotis fasciculata SMP: Cyanotis fasciculata
Commelinaceae


I feel this is Cyanotis tuberosa. I know the specimen lacks lustre and the bright blue colour.


But I have seen several plants (away from Kas) that lack the beautiful blue colour.


The other features of C.tuberosa are visible from the image.


Hence I feel this is C.tuberosa



You seem to be right again. Sorry for the jumble made my me.


 

 

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kaas week : cyanotis tuberosa:  Cyanotis tuberosa आभाळी


 

 

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Kas Week :AVD: Cyanotis tuberosa:01 October 2012:  

Cyanotis tuberosa


family: Commelinaceae


 

 

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Commelinaceae for Id-190112-NS1- from Kaas:  Dis dayflower was photographed at kaas on 24 th sep 11.
Plz Id.


Cyanotis tuberosaGreater Cat Ears


 

 

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Cyanotis arachnoidea C.B.Clarke SN Aug 18 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2). 
Cyanotis arachnoidea C.B.Clarke wild herb from the out skirts of Bangalore


For me apparently look likes Cyanotis tuberosa 


Yes it is Cyanotis tuberosa only, pinkish colour and trichome are the differences, other aspects both are similar


 

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Requesting to please validate ID of this Cyanotis species captured near Satara, Maharashtra in October 2014.
Is this Cyanotis tuberosa?


I think it is Cyanotis tuberosa


 

 

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Cyanotis for id MM1 13112016 : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
Is this Cyanotis adscendens or pillosa ?

Kaas Plateau, second week of October 2016
would very much appreciate a confirmation


Thanks, …  Pl. Check comparative in images in EFI site


Appears to be Cyanotis tuberosa (Roxb.) Schult. & Schult.f. 


Thank You …


 

 
 
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