African Plant Database

Clitoria ternatea L.
Protologue : Sp. Pl. 2: 753 (1753)  
Information on the genus : Clitoria
Status for NA : accepted (cultivated)
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Clitoria ternatea L. var. ternatea
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Clitoria mearnsii De Wild.
=Clitoria zanzibarensis Vatke (1878)
=Clitoria ternatea var. angustifolia Hochst. ex Baker f.
=Clitoria tanganicensis Micheli (1897)
Taxon infra-specific
Clitoria ternatea L. var. ternatea
Clitoria ternatea f. albiflora (Mattei) Chiov.
Clitoria ternatea f. flaviflora Chiov.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Perennial climbing or trailing herb or suberect at base, 0,5-3 m long; rootstock woody; stems slender, glabrescent or appressed pubescent.
Ecology : Grassland; grassland with scattered trees; scrub; bush; old cultivations; savanna with Hyparrhenia; sandy waste place; niayes; torrent sides; bushy places at river banks; bushy hills, on red-clay soil, etc.; 0-1500 m alt.
  The true distribution now obscured by widespread cultivation; pantropical. - Not mapped.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Peyre de Fabrègues B. & J. P. Lebrun (1976). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Niger. Maison Alfort
  • Boudet G. & J.P. Lebrun (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali. Etudes et Synthèses IEMVT 16
  • Cat. Pl. Vasc. Burkina Faso:223 (2012)
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and South Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing
  • César J. & C. Chatelain (2019). Flore illustrée du Tchad. Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de Genève, Coopération Suisse & Univ. N'Djaména

Bibliography for North Africa :
  • LEBRUN, J. P. (1998). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires de la Mauritanie et du Sahara occidental. Boissiera 55: 144
  • BOULOS, L. (1999). Flora of Egypt 1: 354
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Record n°176811 modified 2007-04-19
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