||After clitoris; since the flower anatomy resembles the female's sexual organ
|| After David Grandison Fairchild, an American botanist
||Centrosema spicata Glaz., Clitoria racemosa Benth.
||Butterfly Pea Tree
||Exotic: Cultivated Only
Clitoria fairchildiana has a spreading and sparse crown. The leaves are trifoliate with perisistent stipules. The flowers are pea-like and purple in colour.
The Butterfly Pea Tree has several anti-inflammatory compounds (rotenoids) isolated from the roots (da Silva & Parente, 2002), supporting the use of other species, particulary Clitornia ternatea, in traditional medicine.
Form of the Butterfly Pea Tree in Punggol Park
The leaves are trifoliate.
Back of leaflet.
A pair of leafy stipules.
Referencesda Silva BP & Parente JP. (2002) Antiinflammatory Activity of Rotenoids from Clitoria fairchildiana. Phytotherapy Research, 16: 87-88.
Posted Date: 2012-08-10 / Modified Date: 2015-01-11