Centrosema virginianum

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Scientific Name Centrosema virginianum USDA PLANTS Symbol
CENI2
Common Name Butterfly Pea ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
25778
Family Fabaceae (Pea) SEINet Reference
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Description Habitat: Sandy, dry soils; woodland openings and edges.
Plant: Sprawling, trailing, twining perennial vine with stem up to 40 inches long.
Leaves: Alternate compound leaves divided into 3 oblong, elliptic to ovate leaflets, each to 2-1/2 inches long.
Inflorescence: Clusters of 1 to 4 violet blossoms hanging upside-down from a leaf axil in a short-peduncled raceme, each about 1 inch across; 5-petals, large (up to 1-1/2 inch) rounded banner with a notch in the middle; keel and lateral petals much smaller.
Bloom Period: April to September.
References: Descr. adapted from "Wildflowers Texas" by Geyata Ajilvsgi and SEINet.
Texas Status
Native

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