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Clitoria laurifolia


Clitoria laurifolia Poir.

Family Name: Fabaceae (Leguminosae)
Common Name: Laurel-leaf, Pigeonwings, 棱荚蝶豆


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
Plant Growth Form Shrub
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic


Native Habitat Terrestrial
Local Conservation Status Non-native (Spontaneous (Naturalised))

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form A woody shrub, it can grow up to 0.8 to 1.0m in height. It has a erect to sub-erect growth habit. 
Foliage The leaves are pinnately trifoliate. The leaflets are ovate to ovate-oblong in shape and have a pubescent underside. The leaflets have 5 to 7 pairs of lateral veins. The leaf tip is rounded with a cuneate leaf base. 
Flowers The flowers are borne on villous racemes which originate from the leaf nodes.  The flowers are light purple. 
Fruits The fruit is in the form of a legume with a short beak with a longitudinal rib on each side. It turns brown when mature. 

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens, Hedge / Screening

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun
Water Preference Moderate Water
Propagation Method Seed

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower & Plant Sexuality 1 Bisexual Flowers
Flower Colour(s) Purple
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence
Flower Location Axillary
Flower Symmetry Bilateral
Individual Flower Shape Papilionaceous / Pea-shaped
Inflorescence Type Raceme

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Master ID 31806
Species ID 6206
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Species record last updated on: 22 February 2022.