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Butterfly peas
Centrosema pubescens in Kadavoor.jpg
Centrosema pubescens
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Tribe: Phaseoleae
Subtribe: Clitoriinae
Genus: Centrosema
(DC.) Benth.

Several, see text.

  • Platysema Benth.
  • Steganotropis Lehm.

Centrosema, the butterfly peas,[1] is a genus of (mainly tropical) American vines in the legume family (Fabaceae). Species include:

Lepidopteran caterpillars that feed on butterfly peas include the two-barred flasher (Astraptes fulgerator), occasionally recorded on C. macrocarpum and C. plumieri at least.[2]

Another plant referred to as butterfly pea from the same subtribe Clitoriinae is the related Clitoria ternatea. However it doesn't belong to the genus Centrosema.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ USDA (2007)
  2. ^ Hébert et al. (2004), Brower et al. (2006)