Flora of the Nilgiris

Family : Commelinaceae
Flora of Nilgiri Biosphere (Northern Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve)

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Commelina ensifolia R.Br.

Leaf arrangement

Alternate Spiral

Leaf Type

Simple

Leaf Shape

Linear, Lanceolate

Leaf Apex

Acute

Leaf Base

Leaf Margin

Undulate

Habit : A spreading herb.

Habitat and Distribution : Common, especially in moist places. Hills, above 500m. India, Sri Lanka, Australia.

Indigenous Information : Leaves are cooked and eaten.

 

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Names:

English : Bearded Commelina
Irula : Onaligai

Hindi : Kana

Flower:

Solitary, blue. Flowering throughout the year.

Fruit :

A capsule, two-celled. Seeds 3, smooth, ovoid, orange brown. Fruiting throughout the year.

All from Commelinaceae
Flora of Nilgiri Biosphere (Northern Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve)