Centrosema pubescens Benth.

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Centrosema pubescens

Picture: Bart Wursten
Along road from Yaekela to Lilanda, Oriental, DR Congo © Botanic Garden Meise

Centrosema pubescens

Picture: Bart Wursten
Along road from Yaekela to Lilanda, Oriental, DR Congo © Botanic Garden Meise

Centrosema pubescens

Picture: Bart Wursten
Along road from Yaekela to Lilanda, Oriental, DR Congo © Botanic Garden Meise

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Common names:
Frequency: Occasionally naturalized
Status: Introduced
Perennial twining herb, sometimes forming mats. Leaves 3-foliolate. Leaflets up to 6.5 cm long, elliptic or oblong-lanceolate, more or less velvety on both surfaces; petiole 1-5.5 cm long. Inflorescences several-flowered, axillary; peduncle 2.5-5.5 cm long. Standard up to 4 × 3.5 cm, mauve-purple with a white or yellowish central band, often flanked by darker purple lines, pubescent outside, with a short spur outside just above the claw. Pod linear, 5-17 cm long with 2 raised ribs along the edges of the valves, velvety when young, becoming hairless.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: pubescens: velvety, pubescent, with soft short hairs
Habitat: Cultivated as a pasture legume and recorded as a naturalised escape in disturbed areas.
Altitude range: Up to 1280 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Native in tropical America; widely cultivated in the Old World and sometimes naturalised
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Lk
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Content last updated: Sunday 30 September 2012

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 151.

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 217.

Mackinder, B. et al. (2001). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(5) Pages 32 - 34. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 46.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 57.

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Flora of Mozambique: Centrosema pubescens
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Centrosema pubescens
Flora of Zimbabwe: Centrosema pubescens

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Centrosema pubescens
African Plant Database: Centrosema pubescens
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Centrosema pubescens
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Centrosema pubescens
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Centrosema pubescens
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Centrosema pubescens
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Centrosema pubescens
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Centrosema pubescens
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Centrosema pubescens
JSTOR Plant Science: Centrosema pubescens
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Centrosema pubescens
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Centrosema pubescens
Plants of the World Online: Centrosema pubescens
The Plant List (version 1.1): Centrosema pubescens
Tropicos: Centrosema pubescens
Wikipedia: Centrosema pubescens

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-20

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2020). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Centrosema pubescens.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=131320, retrieved 20 September 2020

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