Clitoria ternatea 10 seeds

2,25

Clitoria ternatea 10 seeds

2,25

The kittel flower (Clitoria ternatea) is a herbaceous plant that climbs up to 6 m high with thin, winding stems. The leaves are alternately arranged, 6–17 cm long, oddly pinnate with five or seven elliptical, 2–7 x 1–4 cm large, oval to short-lanceolate, blunt, short-stemmed leaflets.
The flowers are usually solitary in the leaf axils. At the base of the flower are three, ovoid 0.5–1 cm long bracts. The calyx is 1.5–2.5 cm long and fused to halfway. The flowers consist of a 3.5–5 x 2.5–4 cm large, blue, violet or rarely white petal with a white-edged yellow spot in the middle. This petal forms an oval hem, also around the top, four other, much smaller petals. These smaller petals are slightly curled, the two outer ones are half as long as the flower and two inner ones are a quarter as long as the flower. The plant has been given the name kittel flower because it reminds with the necessary imagination of a vulva with the clitoris protruding from it. The fruits are 5–12 cm long, about 1 cm wide, slightly hairy, green pods containing six to ten seeds.
The kittel flower is found everywhere in the tropics and especially on road edges. The origin is uncertain, possibly the plant originates from tropical America.
The flowers contain a dye that reacts like litmus paper. In acidic solutions it turns red, and in basic solutions it turns blue. In Asia, this dye is used for coloring rice and pastries.

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Description

The kittel flower (Clitoria ternatea) is a herbaceous plant that climbs up to 6 m high with thin, winding stems. The leaves are alternately arranged, 6–17 cm long, oddly pinnate with five or seven elliptical, 2–7 x 1–4 cm large, oval to short-lanceolate, blunt, short-stemmed leaflets.
The flowers are usually solitary in the leaf axils. At the base of the flower are three, ovoid 0.5–1 cm long bracts. The calyx is 1.5–2.5 cm long and fused to halfway. The flowers consist of a 3.5–5 x 2.5–4 cm large, blue, violet or rarely white petal with a white-edged yellow spot in the middle. This petal forms an oval hem, also around the top, four other, much smaller petals. These smaller petals are slightly curled, the two outer ones are half as long as the flower and two inner ones are a quarter as long as the flower. The plant has been given the name kittel flower because it reminds with the necessary imagination of a vulva with the clitoris protruding from it. The fruits are 5–12 cm long, about 1 cm wide, slightly hairy, green pods containing six to ten seeds.
The kittel flower is found everywhere in the tropics and especially on road edges. The origin is uncertain, possibly the plant originates from tropical America.
The flowers contain a dye that reacts like litmus paper. In acidic solutions it turns red, and in basic solutions it turns blue. In Asia, this dye is used for coloring rice and pastries.

Additional information

Weight 0,0100 kg
USDA zone

Zone 10: -1.1 to + 4.4 degrees

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