January – grass leaf and creeper, [Clitoria ternatea ], 35x28cm, oil on cotton

Clitoria ternatea
Many common names, including butterfly -pea and blue-pea. Family: Fabaceae. A vigourous, persistent herbaceous perennial legume. Native to Africa. Now widespread throughout the humid lowlands of Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America. Introduced as a cover crop. Widely planted as an ornamental on fencerows. Increases soil fertility, used to improve yields of subsequent crops. Used as a revegetation species. Medicinal uses.

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