Shankupushpam is a perennial climber found in tropical regions of Asian Continent and is believed to be native of Asia . The plants are seen much adaptive to various range of temperatures and humidity . They are tolerent to frost and dry conditions .
The plant is known as Vishadoshagni ( Sanskrit ) , Aparajit ( Hindi ) , Aparajita ( Bengali ) , Kakkattan and Sangupu ( Tamil ) , Nagar hedi ( Kannada ) , Gokarna ( Marathi ) , Saukarnika , ardrakarni , girikarnika , supuspi , mohanasini , kakkanam , aral , malayamukki , etc. in India . It is also known as gokarnika in some parts of India for the oval appearence of the flowers resembling the ears of a cow . The flower looks like a conch shell and hence known as Shankupushpam in Malayalam .
The plant goes by different names in other countries like Blus Pea , Butterfly pea ( Australia ) , honte in French , blaue clitoric in German , Clitoria azul ( Portugese ) , bejuco de conchitas in Spanish ,cunha in Brazil , etc .