Teddy Bear Vine
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Teddy Bear Vine
P Native Photo: Ashutosh Sharma
Common name: Teddy Bear Vine, Teddchysar Plant
Botanical name: Cyanotis beddomei    Family: Commelinaceae (Dayflower family)
Synonyms: Erythrotis beddomei, Cyanotis kewoides

Teddy Bear Vine is a creeping fleshy-like plant with stems covered with soft brownish hair and fleshy, ovate-lanceshaped, olive green leaves, red beneath and felted with white hairs. Due to the soft texture of its leaves, this plant has earned the name teddy bear vine. The leaves are up to 5 cm long and 2.5 cm wide. Leaf margins are reddish-purple, entire, and hairy. Leaves are arranged in 2 rows along the stem. They have up to 1 cm long sheaths that cover most of the stem. The small flowers have 3 pinkish-purple petals and appear in clusters in summer. The flowers prominently sport long stamens with long blue hairs on them. The plant is cultivated as a garden plant and looks nice grown in a hanging basket. Teddy Bear Vine is endemic to Southern Western Ghats.

Identification credit: Ashutosh Sharma Photographed in Kanyakumari district, Tamil Nadu.

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