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Butterfly Pea
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Butterfly Pea • Hindi: अपराजिता Aparajita • Manipuri: অপরাজিতা Aparajita • Tamil: சங்கு கன்னிக்கொடி Kannikkodi • Malayalam: സന്ഗ പുശ്പമ Sangu pushpam • Marathi: गोकर्ण Gokurna Shankha Pushpa शंख पुष्प • Konkani: Shankha Pushpa शंख पुष्प
Botanical name: Clitoria ternatea    Family: Fabaceae (pea family)

This wonderful twining plant generously bears quite large flowers (about 2" across) which are a beautiful shade of vivid cobalt blue with a white throat. The flowers are presented upside down - the "keel" petal appears on the top rather than the underside. A native of subtropical America and Asia, the butterfly pea is beautiful. A vine that can climb to 9 feet in a hot summer. The flowers are produced in late summer, deep blue with a yellow to white pattern in the center of the lower petal. A member of the pea family, elongated peas are produced and seeds can be collected for sowing the following year. The botanical name comes from the resemblance to intimate parts of the human anatomy.

Photographed in Delhi.
Identification credit: Radhika Vathsan • Is this flower misidentified? If yes,