Centrosema

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Butterfly peas
Centrosema pubescens in Kadavoor.jpg
Centrosema pubescens
Scientific classification
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Subtribe:
Clitoriinae
Genus:
Centrosema

Type species
Centrosema brasilianum
(L.) Benth. 1837
Species

Several, see text.

Synonyms
  • 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.

In Jamaica, it is known as Fee Fee and is usually seen at Christmas time. The flower is able to make a whistling sound hence children usually find it useful as a toy.

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Footnotes[edit]

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

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