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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fabales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Clitoria mariana var. mariana   FAMILY Fabaceae


INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Clitoria mariana   FAMILY Fabaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 098-42-001:
Clitoria mariana   FAMILY Fabaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Butterfly-pea


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image of Clitoria mariana var. mariana, Butterfly-pea

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_clma4_001_lvd

        

image of Clitoria mariana var. mariana, Butterfly-pea

JK Marlow    jkm0506m_19

June    Union County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Tyger Ranger District

Leaflets ovate or elliptic, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.


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image of Clitoria mariana var. mariana, Butterfly-pea

JK Marlow    jkm210626_1716

June    Oconee County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District

Large flowers on stalks from the leaf axils, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Clitoria mariana var. mariana, Butterfly-pea

JK Marlow    jkm100702_142

July    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

The calyx has a long tube and shorter lobes (vs. the opposite in Centrosema), per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Clitoria mariana var. mariana, Butterfly-pea

JK Marlow    s070830_i

August        SC

Clemson Forest

Fruit a 1-2.5" legume, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

image of Clitoria mariana var. mariana, Butterfly-pea

Bill Stringer    wcs_clitoria

September        

image of Clitoria mariana var. mariana, Butterfly-pea

JK Marlow    jkm061029_081

October    Oconee County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District

image of Clitoria mariana var. mariana, Butterfly-pea

JK Marlow    jkm061029_089

October    Oconee County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District

image of Clitoria mariana var. mariana, Butterfly-pea

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_clitoria_mariana_6

October        

The standard up to 2" high, the wings & keel much smaller, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.


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WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Clitoria mariana var. mariana   FAMILY Fabaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Clitoria mariana   FAMILY Fabaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 098-42-001:
Clitoria mariana   FAMILY Fabaceae

 

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Herbaceous vine
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in dry woodlands & openings, roadsides, per Weakley's Flora

map
Click here to see a more detailed map from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium,

or click here to see a map from SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.

 

partial shade ...Dry

LEAVES:
Odd-pinnately compound: 3 leaflets
Mostly alternate

FLOWER:
Summer
Blue/Lavender
Bilaterally symmetrical
5-parted papilionaceous corolla
10 stamens, monadelphous
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Legume

 

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