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Atlantic Pigeonwings

Clitoria mariana


This genus was named after the human female clitoris, for the flowers bear a resemblance to female genitals - pretty controversial stuff "back in the day"! And it's a very accurate description! Because of the few other Clitoria species in the United States, Clitoria mariana is more likely to be confused with Centrosema virginianum - Spurred Butterfly Pea - than with another Clitoria species. You can compare to my Centrosema virginianum spotting here:


Native to and found in: AL, AR, AZ, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WI, WV


Spotted growing on a wooded drive near an old church and cemetery and a utility plant.

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Georgia, USA

Spotted on Jul 9, 2013
Submitted on Oct 17, 2013

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