Scientific Name:
Parochetus communis D.Don
Vernacular Name(s):
Himalayan blue pea; Shamrock pea

Stems almost glabrous to sparsely pilose, rooting at nodes. Lvs sparsely to moderately hairy on petiole and undersurface of leaflets, almost glabrous above; petioles c. 30–140 mm long; leaflets broadly obovate-cuneate, obtuse to emarginate, entire, often with light and dark markings, c. 10–25 mm long; petiolules ± equal, < 1 mm long; stipules ovate, acute, entire. Peduncles usually almost glabrous, ± = or > petioles. Infl. 1–2-flowered. Calyx ± glabrous or sparsely hairy, somewhat gibbous at base; calyx teeth unequal; lower teeth longer. Corolla usually cobalt-blue, rarely white or blue and white, c. 18–22 mm long. Pod glabrous, 18–25 mm long; seeds mottled, c. 2 mm long.

[From: Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]


Flowering: Dec.–Sep.