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  Vitex trifolia
  Family Name : Lamiaceae (Labiatae)

  Common Names : Common Blue Vitex, Legundi, Lenggundi, Lagundi, Lemuning, Muning, Demundi

  Chinese Name : 蔓荆

 
Common Blue Vitex,Legundi,Lenggundi,Lagundi,Lemuning,Muning,Demundi
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Shrub
      Mode of Nutrition :
      Autotrophic
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Southeast Asia, China, India, Sri Lanka, Australia, the Pacific Islands
      Native Habitat :
      Terrestrial, Shoreline (Sandy Beach)
      Preferred Climate Zone :
      Tropical
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: Large-sized shrub, able to grow up to about 3 - 8 m tall.
      Foliage: Compound leaves, opposite arrangement, each leaf consists of 3 - 5 elliptical leaflets about 3 - 12 cm long, underneath of leaf surface is covered with white hairs. 
      Stems: Bark is smooth and light grey to brown.
      Flowers: Purple to purplish-blue flowers borne in on a panicle inflorescence up to 18 cm long, corolla of each flower about 0.5 mm long and 5-lobed. 
      Fruits: Fruit is fleshy, turns black when ripen, globose to ovoid in shape, measuring about 0.5 - 0.7 cm wide, contains 4 black seeds.
      Etymology :
      Genus Vitex is the Latin name used by Plinius for the chaste tree. Species trifolia means with three leaflets.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      None
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Foliage
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils, Saline Soils / Salt Spray
      Landscape Uses :
      Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens, Coastal, Beachfront / Shoreline
  • Fauna, Pollination & Dispersal
    • Associated Fauna :
      Bird-Attracting, Butterfly Food Plant, Bee-Attracting
      Seed / Spore Dispersal :
      Biotic (Fauna)
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun, Semi-Shade
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water
      Propagation Method :
      Seed
  • Foliar
    • Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Green
      Foliar Type :
      Compound
      Foliar Arrangement Along Stem :
      Opposite
      Foliar Attachment to Stem :
      Petiolate
      Foliar Margin :
      Entire
      Foliar Apex / Tip :
      Obtuse
      Leaf Area Index (LAI) * for Green Plot Ratio :
      4.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Dicot)
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower Colour(s) :
      Purple
      Flower Grouping :
      Cluster / Inflorescence
      Inflorescence Type :
      Panicle
  • Fruit, Seed & Spore
    • Mature Fruit Colour(s) [Angiosperms & Gymnosperms] :
      Black
      Fruit Type :
      Fleshy Fruit
      Mature Seed Colour(s) :
      Black
      Seed Quantity per Fruit :
      Few (1-5)

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