Botanical description of Clitoria ternatea (Sangu pushpam)
Habit: Twining climber
Root: Branched tap root system having nodules.
Stem: Aerial, weak stem and a twiner
Leaf: Imparipinnately compound, alternate, stipulate showing reticulate venation. Leaflets are stipellate. Petiolate and stipels are pulvinated.
Inflorescence: Solitary and axillary
Flower: Bracteate, bracteolate, bracteoles usuallylarge,pedicellate,heterochlamydeous, complete, bisexual, pentamerous, zygomor-phic and hypogynous.
Calyx: Sepals 5, synsepalous, green showing valvate aestivation. Odd sepal is anterior in position.
Corolla: Petals 5, white or blue apopetalous, irregular papilionaceous corolla showing descendingly imbricate aestivation.
Androecium: Stamens 10, diadelphous (9)+1 nine stamens fused to form a bundle and the tenth stamen is free. Anthers are dithecous, basifixed, introse and dechiscing by longitudinal slits.
Gynoecium: Monocarpellary, uni-locular, with many ovules on mariginal ¬≠placentation, ovary superior, style simple and incurved with feathery stigma.
Seed: Non-endospermous, reniform.