Cynoglossum lanceolatum ?

Cynoglossum, a Boraginaceae, Eldoret, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed in an agricultural area near Eldoret, Kenya. December 2012.

leaf detail of Cynoglossum, photo © Michael Plagens

FLOWERS: Small, bright blue flowers with five rounded petals.

PERENNIAL: A long-lived herbaceous perennial with spindly, divaricate branches.

LEAVES: Leaves are alternate and long-triangular with very short petiole. Leaves appear to be partially curled.

RANGE: Several species of Cynoglossum occur in the variety of habitats across Kenya.

FRUIT: The fruits divide into four nutlets. This character is shared by most of the borages, but is very easily seen in this genus. This species has hooked projections on the fruit that serve to disperse the seeds when they entangle fur or clothing.

UNARMED. No thorns.

Boraginaceae -- Borage Family

burred fruit of Cynoglossum in Boraginaceae photo © Michael Plagens

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Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 01 March 2013