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Genus: Clitoria

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Rosids > Eurosid I > Fabales > Fabaceae > Subfamily: Papilionoideae

About 70 species, native to the tropics, mainly the neotropics. Clitoria ternatea has become naturalised in southern Africa and there are a further two species that are cultivated in the region.

Species naturalised in southern Africa

List from Plants of southern Africa - an online checklist (SANBI).

Clitoria ternatea (Butterfly pea)

Native to tropical equatorial Asia.

Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Clitoria cajanifolia

Native to Central America.


Clitoria fairchildiana

Native to Central America.



  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.