snailflower

snailflower

[sneyl-flou-er]
noun
a tropical vine, Vigna caracalla, of the legume family, having fragrant, yellowish or purplish flowers, a segment of which is shaped like a snail's shell.
Also called corkscrew flower.


Origin:
1680–90; snail + flower

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snailflower

noun
perennial tropical American vine cultivated for its racemes of showy yellow and purple flowers having the corolla keel coiled like a snail shell; sometimes placed in genus Phaseolus 
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