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Parochetus communis (Shamrock Pea)

Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Tribe: Trifolieae
Subtribe: Parochetinae
Genus: Parochetus
Species: P. communis
Binomial name: Parochetus communis
Synonyms; Cosmiusa repens, Parochetus Africana, Parochetus major, Parochetus maculate, Parochetus oxalidifolia.
Common names: Blue oxalis, Shamrock Pea

Parochetus communis is a species of legume and the only species in the genus Parochetus and in the subtribe Parochetinae. It is a low-growing plant with blue papilionaceous flowers and clover-like leaves. It is found in the mountains of Asia and tropical Africa, and it has been introduced to New Zealand.



Side view

Rear view

The leaves can be plain or patterned

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