Clitoria ternatea L.

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Clitoria ternatea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Crocodile Farm, Kariba

Clitoria ternatea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Crocodile Farm, Kariba

Clitoria ternatea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Crocodile Farm, Kariba

Clitoria ternatea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Crocodile Farm, Kariba

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Synonyms: Clitorea tanganicensis Micheli
Common names: Blue Pidgeon-wings (English) Butterfly pea (English)
Frequency:
Status: Probably introduced
Description:
Perennial climbing or trailing herb, growing from a woody rootstock. Leaves imparipinnate with 2-4 pairs of leaflets and a terminal leaflet. Leaflets ovate to elliptic-oblong, up to 6.5 × 4 cm, mostly hairless above, pubescent below. Flowers axillary, solitary or 2 together, resupinate, large and showy, bright blue with a with centre, sometimes completely white. Standard up to 5 × 4 cm. Pod linear-oblong, 6-13 cm long, flattened, mucronate at the apex, hairless or finely pubescent.
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Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Occurring in hot areas of open woodland and wooded grassland, usually near rivers or lakeshores, often in disturbed places.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1000 m
Flowering time:All year
Worldwide distribution: Pantropical. Its true origins are now uncertain due to widespread cultivation.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,E
Growth form(s): Climber.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Tuesday 28 July 2009
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African Plant Database: Clitoria ternatea
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Clitoria ternatea
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ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Clitoria ternatea
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Clitoria ternatea
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Clitoria ternatea
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Clitoria ternatea
Ispot Southern Africa : Clitoria ternatea
JSTOR Plant Science: Clitoria ternatea
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Clitoria ternatea
Tropicos: Clitoria ternatea
West African Plants database: Clitoria ternatea


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Clitoria ternatea.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=131310, retrieved 19 December 2014

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