BUTTERFLY PEA (WEED)
Clitoria ternatea, Fam. Fabaceae
Twining perennial climber with minutely hairy stems to 5m long with woody rootstock.
|Form or habit:||Climbing or twining plant|
Pinnate, 5-7 elliptic to rounded leaflets, 20-50 x 10-30mm, more-or-less glabrous above, sparsely hairy below. Persistent triangular stipules, 4-5mm long.
|Flower colour:||Blue or white, pale yellow at base|
|Flower description:||Pea-shaped blue or white, pale yellow at base, up to 50mm long x 25mm wide, solitary or paired and borne on long axillary stems.|
|Fruit description:||Flattened light brown pods, 50-120 x 7-12mm, with a pointed tip, contain 5-10 seeds 3-7mm long. Environmental weed.|
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|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Origin:||India, Tropical Asia|
|Weed status:||Environmental/garden escapee|
|Notes:||Spread by: Seeds in garden waste, possibly also spread by seeds in animal manure. Invades: Roadsides, canefields, natural areas, especially near human habitation. Notes: Garden escapee; now widely naturalised in Queensland. Palatable and nutritious to stock; pods eaten by humans in Philippines. Environmental weed.|
|Information sources:||Mackay Regional Pest Management Group (2011) Weeds of the Mackay Whitsunday Region.|