Clitoria ternatea

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  • Botanical Name : Clitoria ternatea L.
  • Synonyms : Clitoria parviflora Raf., Ternatea ternatea (L.) Kuntze
  • Common Name : Garnibibri, Butterfly Pea
  • Plant Family : Papilionaceae
  • Plant Form : Climbers
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 2, 6, 15 - 17, 20, 21, 29
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Gujarat Forestry Research Foundation, Indroda Park, Ayurvedic Udyan

About Clitoria ternatea Plant :

  • Habit : A twining herb.
  • Leaves : Imparipinnate, stipules linear, leaflets 5 - 7, elliptic, oblong, obtuse.
  • Inflorescence : Axillary.
  • Flowers : Bracteate, bracteolate, calyx big, tubular, corolla bright or light blue or white, standard large, emarginated, wings oblong, keel incurved.
  • Fruits : Pods, flattened, sharply beaked, 6 - 10 seeded.
  • Flowering and Fruiting time : July - January
  • Significance :
    • Common in hedges everywhere.
    • Seeds are given as laxative for children.