This is the real blue...
My blue flowers... kembang telang.
Kembang telang is a multipurpose plant.
Look the color of the flower... so... blue...
Kembang telang have common names butterfly pea, blue pea, asian pigeon wings, papito, conchitis or cordofan pea.
The scientific name is Clitoria ternatea.
This species is belonging to the Fabaceae family.
The genus name is Clitoria, refer to the flower that almost similar to the shape of (sorry) women secret part.
The species name is ternatea.
I think its refer to Ternate, the first place where this plant was found.
Ternate is a name of island in Province of Maluku Utara (North Mollucas), Indonesia.
This plant is native to tropical equatorial Asia.
Now, this plant spreads to Africa, Australia and America.
Kembang telang is a vigorous, trailing, scrambling or climbing legume.
It grows as a vine or creeper.
Actually, this is a tropical legume that doing well in moist and neutral soil.
|the base of vine|
|Twisting hibiscus stem|
|twisting nusaindah trunk|
|former of winding|
The stems are sub-erect and woody at the base and may be up to 6 m long.
They root only at the tips.
The leaves are pinnate, bearing 5-7 elliptical, an 3-5 cm long leaflets.
Its vivid deep blue flowers, with light yellow markings are absolutely striking.
The flowers are solitary or paired.
They are about 4 cm long by 3 cm wide.
There are some varieties that yield white flowers.
The fruits are 5 – 7 cm long, flat pods with 6 to 10 seeds in each pod.
The fruits are flat and linear.
They are edible when tender.
In many place the young and tender pods usually cooked as vegetables.
It is grown as an ornamental plant and as a revegetation species.
|Kembang telang on my front yard|