Centrosema virginianum

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Centrosema virginianum
Centrosema virginianum-Big Talbot Island.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Genus: Centrosema
Species: C. virginianum
Binomial name
Centrosema virginianum
(L.) Benth.

Centrosema virginianum has different common names such as Virginian centro, wild blue vine, blue bell, and wild pea.[1] C. virginianum is a member of the Fabaceae family, it is identify by its trailing and twining vine.[2] The stems are tender and small in proportion to its height. C. virginianum habitats are in pine lands and coastal uplands.[2]


Centrosema virginianum are perennial and herbaceous vine [3] a couple meters in length; stems are approximately 29 to 160 centimeters long.[1] It has three alternate pinnately leaves, 3 to 10 centimeters long. C. virginianum stipules are lanceolate or ovate, 1 to 4 mm long,[1] and the petiole are identify to be 2 to 5 cm long. C. virginianum is often deciduous, however it is mostly setaceous.[1] There is a wide range of leaflets from linear to ovate to oblong or lanceolate-oblong, acute or acuminate at the apex.[1] C. virginianum produces abundant flowers, between early August and late September [3]


C. virginianum are present more or less constant from Uruguay and northern Argentina to the eastern United States to the eastern United States and Bermuda in tropical and subtropical areas.[1][2] Lastly, it is wide distributed throughout West Indies and has become naturalized in tropical West Africa.[1]


Flowers of Centrosema virginianum, are highly specialized in an inverted (resupinate) flag adapted by pollinators.[3] A group of flowers of one to four flowers on axillary penducle, calyx deeply five-lobed, and the acute lobes longer than the tube.[1] The corolla purplish or lavender-blue close to white,[1] it contains four to ten dark or brown seeds.[1] The diversity of leaflets and corolla size, color and shape often are confused with C. pubescens.[1] Lastly, C. virginianum flowers are known to be hermaphrodite and are pollinated by bees, additionally they contribute to nitrogen fixing.[4]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "CentrosemaVirginianum". Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "IRC-Natives for your Neighborhood". Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Island and Mainland Pollination Ecology of Centrosema Virginianum and Opuntia Stricta". Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  4. ^ Benth., L. "Plants for the future". Retrieved 18 April 2012.