butterfly pea – rule of thirds…

Clitoria ternatea 1

The butterfly pea is a common wildflower seen all over the country. The flowers of this vine have the shape of human female pudenda, hence the Latin name of the genus “Clitoria”, from “clitoris”. This plant is scientifically called Clitoria ternatea. The flowers have a vivid vivid cobalt blue colour with a white throat  and are locally used in Asian cuisine as a food colouring.

The roots of the butterfly pea are used for curing whooping cough in children. The blue flowers are used as a food dye. The extract from plant is known to have anti oxidant properties.

The flowers are used in Ayurveda to enhance memory and sharpen intelligence.

The flower is also called Shankha Pushpa in Sanskrit and is the favourite flower of Ganesha, the elephant headed God.

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Rule of Thirds.”


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Santosh Namby

A lover of Nature who loves photography and works as a Civil Servant, Santosh Namby Chandran has been a photographer for several years. Starting with a point and shoot 35mm film camera from canon to progressing to a film SLR and then a DSLR, his photographic journey has been a long one, filled with immense learning. Trained as an Ecologist and a Civil Servant, he merges his worlds and moves seamlessly though the corridors of power as well as overgrown jungles. An avid trekker and hiker, he has a penchant for shooting butterflies and birds...

16 thoughts on “butterfly pea – rule of thirds…”

  1. Reminds me of my childhood home 🙂 Have watered many shankhupushpam plants 🙂
    I didn’t know it had so many medicinal properties. The color is really brilliant! A beautiful click and a very informative post 🙂

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