Taxon: Centrosema molle Mart. ex Benth.

Genus: Centrosema
Family: Fabaceae (alt.Leguminosae)
Subfamily: Faboideae
Tribe: Phaseoleae
Subtribe: Clitoriinae
Nomen number: 427084
Place of publication: Comm. legum. gen. 55. 1837 (Ann. Wiener Mus. Naturgesch. 2:119. 1839)
Link to protologue:
  • • replaces C. pubescens of most authors (auct. pl.), recently (1996) typified on element equal to C. schiedeana (Schltr.) R. J. Williams & R. J. Clements, if the former name is not conserved with a new type
  • • since the conservation proposal to accomplish this has now been withdrawn, proving to be unpopular with some agricultural scientists, the name C. molle must now be taken up for centro
  • • ascribed to "Mart. MSS." by Bentham
Name Verified on: 08-Aug-2011 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 09-Aug-2011
Species priority site is: Plant Genetic Resources Conservation Unit, Griffin, GA (S9)
Accessions: 30 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (fide HortScience 28:675. 1993, as C. pubescens)
  • Environmental: soil improver (fide Pl Res SEAs 4:86-87. 1992, as C. pubescens)
  • Animal food: forage (fide Pl Res SEAs 4:86-87. 1992, as C. pubescens)

Distributional Range:


  • Northern America

    • Southern Mexico: Mexico Campeche, Chiapas, Colima, Guerrero, Jalisco, Mexico, Michoacan, Nayarit, Tabasco, Veracruz
  • Southern America

    • Brazil: Brazil Acre, Alagoas, Amazonas, Bahia, Ceara, Goias, Maranhao, Mato Grosso, Minas Gerais, Para, Paraiba, Parana, Pernambuco, Piaui, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Rondonia
    • Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda ; Cuba ; Dominican Republic ; Grenada ; Guadeloupe ; Haiti ; Jamaica ; Martinique ; Puerto Rico ; St. Lucia ; St. Vincent and Grenadines ; Trinidad and Tobago
    • Central America: Costa Rica ; El Salvador ; Guatemala ; Honduras ; Nicaragua ; Panama
    • Northern South America: French Guiana ; Guyana ; Suriname ; Venezuela
    • Western South America: Bolivia ; Colombia ; Ecuador El Oro, Esmeraldas, Guayas, Loja, Los Rios; Peru Amazonas, Cajamarca, Lima, San Martin, Ucayali

  • Naturalized

  • Africa

    • East Tropical Africa: Kenya ; Tanzania ; Uganda
    • Western Indian Ocean: Mauritius ; Reunion
  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: India ; Sri Lanka
    • Papuasia: Papua New Guinea
  • Australasia

    • Australia: Australia Queensland
  • Pacific

    • Northwestern Pacific: Guam ; Micronesia
    • Southwestern Pacific: Fiji

  • Cultivated

  • Africa

    • East Tropical Africa: Kenya ; Tanzania ; Uganda
    • South Tropical Africa: Angola ; Mozambique ; Zambia ; Zimbabwe
    • West Tropical Africa: Cote D'Ivoire ; Ghana ; Guinea ; Guinea-Bissau ; Liberia ; Nigeria ; Sierra Leone ; Togo
    • West-Central Tropical Africa: Cameroon ; Equatorial Guinea ; Gabon ; Sao Tome and Principe ; Zaire
    • Western Indian Ocean: Mauritius ; Reunion
  • Asia-Temperate

    • Eastern Asia: Taiwan
  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: India ; Sri Lanka
    • Malesia: Brunei ; Christmas Island ; Indonesia ; Malaysia ; Singapore
    • Papuasia: Papua New Guinea ; Solomon Islands
  • Australasia

    • Australia: Australia Queensland, Northern Territory
  • Pacific

    • Northwestern Pacific: Guam ; Micronesia
    • Southwestern Pacific: Fiji


  • Fantz, P. R. 1996. Taxonomic notes on the Centrosema pubescens Bentham complex in Central America (Leguminosae: Phaseoleae: Clitoriinae) (Sida) 17:321-332.
  • Funk, V. et al. Checklist of the plants of the Guiana Shield (Venezuela: Amazonas, Bolivar, Delta Amacuro; Guyana, Surinam, French Guiana). Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. 55:1-584. 2007 (L Guiana Shield)
  • Hammel, B. E. et al., eds. Manual de plantas de Costa Rica. 2003- (Man CostaR)
  • Hanelt, P., ed. Mansfeld's encyclopedia of agricultural and horticultural crops. Volumes 1-6. 2001 (Mansf Ency)
  • Hokche, O. et al. Nuevo catálogo de la flora vascular de Venezola. (L Venez ed2)
  • Kirkbride, J. H., Jr. & J. H. Wiersema 2005. (1681) Proposal to conserve the name Centrosema pubescens (Fabaceae) with a conserved type (Taxon) 54:209-210.
  • Kumar, S & P. V. Sane Legumes of South Asia: a checklist. 2003 (Leg SAsia)
  • Stevens, W. D. et al., eds. Flora de Nicaragua. Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 85(1-3). (F Nicaragua)
  • Steyermark, J. A. et al., eds. Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana. 1995- (F VenGuay)
  • Zhu, X. Y. et al. Legumes of China: a checklist. 2007 (Leg China)


Check other web resources for Centrosema molle Mart. ex Benth. :

  • PLANTS: USDA-NRCS Database of Plants of the United States and its Territories
  • Flora del Conosur: Catálogo de las Plantas Vasculares del Conosur
  • AVH: Australia's Virtual Herbarium
  • On-line Flora of Zimbabwe:
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • ILDIS: International Legume Database & Information Service
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.