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Type : Live Plant

Size : 8" - 12" Inches

 

Butterfly flower is an evergreen shrub or a tree with a rounded crown; it can grow 3 - 15 metres tall. The bole can be 50cm in diameter.The tree is widely grown as an ornamental in the tropics, valued especially for its often continuous flowering display

 

Cultivation Details

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Prefers a sunny position in a fertile, well-drained soil.
Grows well on drier, poorer sites.

A commonly cultivated ornamental plant, it can escape from cultivation and become naturalized in open and waste places. It is spread by birds and other animals who ingest the seed and then expel it later. It can also be spread by flood waters.

A fast-growing plant.
The plant commences flowering when 3 - 4 years old from seed - it can flower and produce fruit all year round.
Although many species within the family Fabaceae have a symbiotic relationship with soil bacteria, this species is said to be devoid of such a relationship and therefore does not fix atmospheric nitrogen.

 

Edible Uses

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Young leaves - cooked and eaten as a vegetable.
Young seedpods - cooked and eaten as a vegetable.

The protein content of the seed was 33.09%, comparing fairly with soya beans (Glycine max) and groundnuts (Arachis hypogaea). The seeds also yield 21.45% soluble carbohydrates, comparing favorably with soybean 20.7% and peanut 24.6%. It also yields 3.25% fibre. The hydrogen cyanide content was 0.32 mg/100g; chronic exposure has been reported to cause neurological, respiratory, cardiovascular and thyroid debilities. The study concludes that the seeds are rich in nutrient and low in anti-nutritional compounds. If popularized, the plant may serve as a complimentary sourc