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Butterfly Pea flower

Clitoria ternatea

Description:

It is a perennial herbaceous plant. Its leaves are elliptic and obtuse. It grows as a vine or creeper, doing well in moist neutral soil. The most striking feature about this plant are its vivid deep blue flowers. They are solitary, with light yellow markings. They are about 4 cm long by 3 cm wide. There are some varieties that yield white flowers. The fruits are 5 – 7 cm long, flat pods with 6 to 10 seeds in each pod. They are edible when tender. It is grown as an ornamental plant and as a revegetation species (e.g., in coal mines in Australia), requiring little care when cultivated. Its roots fix nitrogen and therefore this plant is also used to improve soil quality.

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6 Comments

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Welcome..!!

Randall Lee
Randall Lee 9 years ago

wow...thx3 so much Ashish!!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Fabaceae climber plant...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clitoria

Randall Lee
Randall Lee 9 years ago

yeah, I admire the plant as well for its color...

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

fantastic color!

Randall Lee
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Randall Lee

Sabah, Malaysia

Spotted on Nov 17, 2011
Submitted on Nov 17, 2011

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