View Full Version : Blue flower.... no idea of its type!!!

Murugan Anantharaman
07-10-2012, 05:02 PM
The receeding monsoon brought in fresh perpective to the city. Spotted a lot of colorful flowers in Valley Park.Liked this pretty blue flower. No idea what species it is. Cropped marginally.

Nikon D7000,f/5.6,ss 1/250,iso 640.focal length 300mm.

Prasad Dingankar
09-10-2012, 11:02 AM
Nice flower, In marathi this Flower is called Gokarna, There is a nice story of Rabit & the moon & this flower. Some day I will share it with you.... By then, thanks for sharing.

PS. The scientific nomenclature:- Clitoria ternatea, common names including butterfly-pea, blue-pea, and cordofan-pea, is a plant species belonging to the Fabaceae family.

Courtsy:- wikipedia

Sabyasachi Patra
09-10-2012, 12:16 PM
Nice one. The water droplet looks good. The lower branch passing behind the flower doesn't add to the image. However, it is a challenge to get a flower in the clear in a bush. This variety is found in most parts of India. I am forgetting its oriya name. I remember it flowering in our house.


Abhishek Jamalabad
09-10-2012, 01:18 PM
Clitoria ternata, locally called Shankhpushpi. This is an important medicinal species.

Saktipada Panigrahi
10-10-2012, 10:33 AM
Nice image. Beautiful colour. Bengali Name: 'Aparajitaa' [meaning 'unconquered']. A flower of a creeper of Clitoria genus.This auspicious flower (purple,violet) is revered in West Bengal and offered to Maa Kali, Maa Durga and Sani Deva(on Saturday).
Thanks for sharing.SaktiWild

Murugan Anantharaman
10-10-2012, 11:00 AM
Thanks everyone for the id,description of the species and traditional flavour associated with it.

Sabyasachi Patra
10-10-2012, 11:12 AM
Now I remembered after reading Shaktipada ji's comment. It is also known as Aparajitaa in Oriya.

I am not aware about its medicinal properties. What are those?

Abhishek Jamalabad
11-10-2012, 01:06 PM
The extract of the flower has tranquilising and sedative properties and has been used to treat various psychiatric disorders in Ayurveda. It is also a part of the cuisine of many South east Asian countries.

Sabyasachi Patra
15-10-2012, 10:31 AM
I will try to find out from my uncle who is a retired Ayurvedic Professor about the medicinal properties.

So much to learn. One life is not enough. :(

Vijay Rajan
23-10-2012, 12:34 PM
It is also known as the Butterfly Pea.

For centuries in the subcontinent the plant has been used as a memory enhancer, to lessen stress and anxiety, as an antidepressant, anticonvulsant and as a sedative as it has tranquillizing effects. The whole of the top of the plant is smoked to relieve respiratory diseases such as asthma.

The flowers and seeds contain oil which is heated and used to massage inflammation from arthritis and rheumatism, and to treat piles. A decoction of the whole plant is also used to wash piles and the leaf juice is given in the form of nasal drops for headaches. The oil is also used to clean wounds and to stop infection. Internally the infusion of the whole plant is used for its tranquillizing effects, and the decoction is a diuretic and used as a gargle for sore throats. The infusion is usually administered to cure constipation, indigestion, coughs and colds, and as a blood purifier.

Another of Mother Nature's invaluable gifts !