Sunday, December 5, 2010

Clitoria ternatea/Today's Flowers #18


@ mirandablue

This genus was named after the human clitoris, for the flowers bear a resemblance to female pudenda.  Originally the first described species of the genus was given the name Flos clitoridis ternatensibus in 1678 by Rumpf, a German-born botanist.  It was regarded as appropriately named by Johann Philipp Breyne in 1747. Many vernacular names of these flowers in different languages are similarly based on references to a woman's sexual organ.  Source:  Wikipedia
I've seen this flowering vine along the sea shores since I was kid but didn't know its name.  This photo was taken at the beach in Ilocos Norte in early September.



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15 comments:

msdewberry said...

Beautiful pink flowers. On a vine growing with other flowers must be really nice to see!

Denise said...

This is a lovely photo and the flower is pretty and delicate, and I love its color. Thanks so much for sharing.

Elizabeth said...

These are so beautiful!

eileeninmd said...

Very pretty flower and The color is one of my faborites.

Rajesh said...

Beautiful flower with such lovely colors.

Lina Gustina said...

Interesting name,shape and color :)

http://savorthebite.blogspot.com/2010/12/todays-flowers-18-clitoria-ternatea.html

SandyCarlson said...

Very, very beautiful.

Judy said...

Gorgeous pink flowers! I love the way the bud seems to be purple, and then fades into the pink!
I think that one of the fun parts about taking photos of all these beutiful flowers is learning all their names, after so many years of just seeing them!

Bhupesh said...

Superb capture
:)

Bhupesh

Andrea said...

It might not be the Clitoria ternatea, it doesn't look like Centrosema pubescense either, but the leaf morphology resembles a dessert vine which i forgot the name at the moment. May i know where you see this plant? Is it a vine, what area is it growing; e.g. sandy, shady, domesticated, etc. thank you.

Randi said...

The colour is amazing and this is a terrific shot.

jabblog said...

Glorious shots of this beautiful vine. It must be wonderful to see them growing. There appear to be many buds so that there are always flowers.

JM said...

It's beautiful! I'm not sure I've seen this before.

Vernz said...

beautiful vagina .. hehehehe pwera biro.. unique flower sis... dropping by...

Arija said...

What a dreadful name for such a pretty flower! Nice shot.