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Clitoria ternatea (Butterfly Pea)

This plant is native to tropical equatorial Asia, but has been introduced to Africa, Australia and America. It grows in a vine or creeper and is doing well in moist soil. The most striking feature of this plant are the vivid deep blue flowers with its light yellow markings.

It is often grown as an ornamental and is now naturalised around the Broome townsite and spreading throughout the Peninsula. Flowring and fruiting occurs between April – July.

In Sotheast Asia the flowers are used to colour food, in Thailand, a syrupy blue drink is made and in Burma the flowers are used as food, often dipped in batter and fried. There is no known use of this plant for Kimberley Aboriginal people.


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