Manipur Forest Flora
A Comprehensive Database of Ligneous Plants of Manipur (India)
Designed & Developed by Forest Research Institute, Dehradun

Complete Taxonomic details of Species: Clitoria ternatea L.

Family: Papilionaceae Genus: Clitoria Species: Clitoria ternatea L.






Synonym Clitoria albiflora, Clitoria bracteata Flower Color Blue - Purple
Common Name Butterfly pea, Blue pea, Cordofan pea and Asian pigeonwings Flower Type Solitary
English / Trade Name Butterfly Bean Flowering Period April-June
Vernacular /Local Name Aparajita Fruiting Period July-Sept
Altitude Up To 900 m Fruit Type Pod
Habit Climber Fruit Details The fruits are 5 – 7 cm long, flat pods with 6 to 10 seeds in each pod
Habitat Occurs in waysides, thickets, scrub jungles widely cultivated in the tropics Bark Type Smooth
Distribution Asia, Africa, Angola, Angola-ISO, Benin, Burundi, Cabinda, Cameroon, Cape Verde Is, Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea Bark Details Herbaceous stems fine twining, sparsely pubescent
Distribution in manipur Eastern Origin Native
    Leaf Type Compound
    Leaf Arrangement Alternate (leaves born singly along stem)
    Leaf Shape Ovate
Description of Species Summer-growing perennial climber with a woody base, can climb tall grasses and crops and most striking feature about this plant are its vivid deep blue flowers; solitary, with light yellow markings Leaf Details Leaves pinnate with 5 or 7 leaflets; petioles 1.5-3 cm long; stipules persistent, narrowly triangular, 1-6 mm long, 0.3-3 cm wide

Specimen's Details / Live Plants Details