Centrosema arenicola

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Centrosema arenicola
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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.[1]

Varieties: none.[1]



Centrosema arenicola is endemic to central peninsular Florida to the Lake Wales Ridge area.[2]



In the Coastal Plain in Florida, C. arenicola has been found to occur in upland hardwood associations of Quercus and Sabal palmetto.[3]

Centrosema arenicola is an indicator species for the North Florida Longleaf Woodlands community type as described in Carr et al. (2010).[4]

Associated species include Quercus, Myrica, Sabal palmetto, Eupatorium, Galactia, and Clematis.[3]


Centrosema arenicola flowers in August and September.[3][5]


Centrosema arenicola was observed at the Archbold Biological Station to host bees such as Bombus pennsylvanicus (family Apidae) and leafcutting bees from the Megachilidae family such as Megachile integra and M. mendica[6]

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Weakley, A.S. 2015. Flora of the southern and mid-atlantic states. Working Draft of 21 May 2015. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
  2. Sorrie, B. A. and A. S. Weakley 2001. Coastal Plain valcular plant endemics: Phytogeographic patterns. Castanea 66: 50-82.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 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.
  4. Carr, S.C., K.M. Robertson, and R.K. Peet. 2010. A vegetation classification of fire-dependent pinelands of Florida. Castanea 75:153-189.
  5. Nelson, G. PanFlora: Plant data for the eastern United States with emphasis on the Southeastern Coastal Plains, Florida, and the Florida Panhandle. www.gilnelson.com/PanFlora/ Accessed: 19 MAY 2021
  6. Deyrup, M.A. 2015. Database of observations of Hymenoptera visitations to flowers of plants on Archbold Biological Station, Florida, USA.