Ceylon Forget-Me-Not
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Ceylon Forget-Me-Not
A Native Photo: Thingnam Rajshree
Common name: Ceylon Forget-Me-Not, Ceylon hound's tongue • Hindi: अन्धाहुली andhahuli • Kannada: ಆಮ್ರದ ಸೊಪ್ಪು amrada soppu • Malayalam: കയ്യൂരം kayooram, മുടിച്ചിലൂരം mudichilooram • Marathi: लिचर्डी lichardi • Mizo: Kelchabet • Nepali: कनिके कुरो Kanike kuro • Tamil: பிசின் ஒட்டறை picin ottarai • Tamil: ಆಮ್ರದ ತಪ್ಪು amrada thappu • Telugu: కాడఆంత్రిత kada anthrinta
Botanical name: Cynoglossum zeylanicum    Family: Boraginaceae (Forget-me-not family)
Synonyms: Cynoglossum coeruleum, Anchusa zeylanica

Ceylon Forget-Me-Not is an erect, branched herb; branches more or less bristly with bulbous-based hairs. Leaves 3-8 x 1-1.8 cm, ovate-elliptic, margin fringed with hairs, entire or obscurely toothed, tip pointed, base wedge-shaped or subpointed, bristly on both surfaces. Flowers bluish-white, in at branch-ends, simple or furcately branched one-sided racemes ; flower-cluster-stalk hairy ; flower-stalks 3 mm long, curved. Calyx 5-lobed ; tube 1 mm long ; sepals 2 x 1 mm, enlarged in fruit, hairy without. Flowers are 3-4 mm long, rotate ; Petals rounded at tip ; scales 5 at throat. Stamens 5, inserted on flower tube ; filaments short ; anthers 2-celled. Ceylon Forget-Me-Not is found in Afghanistan to the Indian Subcontinent, to China and SE Asia. In India it is prominent in Western Ghats and the Himalaya. Flowering: June-November.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Uttarkhand & Maharashtra.

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