Butterfly pea

Butterfly pea

Scientific name: Clitoris ternatea L.

 Local/Bangla name: Aprajita









Taxonomic Position according to Cronquist (1981)

Kingdom Plantae
Division Magnoliophyta
Class Magnoliopsida
Subclass Rosidae
Order Fabales
Family Fabacaeae
Genus Clitoris
Species C. ternate

Botanical Description of Butterfly Pea

Habit: A perennial twining herb.


Root: Tap root system

Stem: Tertrete more or less pubesent

Leaf: Pinnately compound, imparipinnate

Inflorescence: axillary, solitary

Flower: Papilionaceous, hermaphrodite

Calyx: campanulate, oblique, teeth triangular

Corolla: Standard, wing and keel; standard is blue or white in color.

Androecium: Stamens 10, diadephous i.e. 9+1

Gynoecium: Carpel 1, ovary superior, hairy

Fruit: Legume


Economic Importance: The plant is used as ornamental and medicinal purposes.


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