Centrosema arenicola

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Centrosema arenicola
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Photo by Shirley Denton (Copyrighted, use by photographer’s permission only), Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida - Dicotyledons
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae ⁄ Leguminosae
Genus: Centrosema
Species: C. arenicola
Binomial name
Centrosema arenicola
(Small) F.J. Herm.
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Natural range of Centrosema arenicola from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Common names: Pineland butterfly pea; sand butterfly pea

Taxonomic notes

Synonyms: Centrosema arenicolum (Small) F.J.Herm.; Bradburya arenicola Small; Bradburya floridana Britton

Varieties: none





In the Coastal Plain in Florida, C. arenicola has been found to occur in upland hardwood associations of Quercus and Sabal palmetto.[1] Associated species include Quercus, Myrica, Sabal palmetto, Eupatorium, Galactia, and Clematis.[1]


Flowers in August and September.[1]


The following Hymenoptera families and species were observed visiting flowers of Centrosema arenicola at Archbold Biological Station:[2]

Apidae: Bombus pennsylvanicus

Megachilidae: Megachile integra, M. mendica

Conservation and management

Cultivation and restoration

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Florida State University Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium database. URL: http://herbarium.bio.fsu.edu. Last accessed: October 2015. Collectors: Olga Lakela. States and Counties: Florida: Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough. Compiled by Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy.
  2. Deyrup, M.A. 2015. Database of observations of Hymenoptera visitations to flowers of plants on Archbold Biological Station, Florida, USA.