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Taxon: Centrosema pubescens Benth.

Genus: Centrosema
Family: Fabaceae (alt. Leguminosae) subfamily: Faboideae tribe: Phaseoleae subtribe: Clitoriinae. Also placed in: Papilionaceae
Nomen number: 427083
Place of publication: Comm. legum. gen. 55. 1837 (Ann. Wiener Mus. Naturgesch. 2:119. 1839)
  • non Centrosema pubescens auct. pl. (= C. molle Mart. ex Benth.)
  • Fantz (1996) typified this name on an element equivalent to C. schiedeanum for which it is an earlier name, so C. pubescens must now be adopted in that sense
  • however, C. pubescens has almost always been used in the past for what is now C. molle Mart. ex Benth.
  • review history of nomenclature proposal concerning this name from the Smithsonian Institution's database
Name verified on: 08-Aug-2011 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 08-Aug-2011
No species priority site assigned.
Accessions: 1 in National Plant Germplasm System.
  • all available ) NPGS accessions. or .
  • all available ) NPGS accessions by country.
  • Check PlantSearch database of Botanic Gardens Conservation International for possible non-NPGS germplasm.

Economic importance:

  • Animal food: forage   (commercially sold as "belalto" fide Pl Res SEAs 4:87. 1992, as C. schiedeanum)

Distributional range:

    Southern Mexico: Mexico - Chiapas, Jalisco, Nayarit, Oaxaca, Veracruz
    Mesoamerica: Costa Rica; El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Nicaragua; Panama [w.]
    Western South America: Colombia


  • Brummitt, R. K. 2010. Report of the Nomenclature Committee for Vascular Plants: 61. Taxon 59:1271. [proposal withdrawn].
  • Fantz, P. R. 1996. Taxonomic notes on the Centrosema pubescens Bentham complex in Central America (Leguminosae: Phaseoleae: Clitoriinae). Sida 17:321–332.
  • Hacker, J. B. 1990. A guide to herbaceous and shrub legumes of Queensland.
  • Hammel, B. E. et al., eds. 2003–. Manual de plantas de Costa Rica.
  • 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. [an attempt to conserve C. pubescens Benth. on an element equivalent to common centro (= C. molle Mart. ex Benth.)].
  • McVaugh, R. 1983–. Flora Novo-Galiciana.
  • Stevens, W. D. et al., eds. 2001. Flora de Nicaragua. Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 85(1-3).


Check other web resources for Centrosema pubescens Benth.:

  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • ILDIS: International Legume Database and Information Service
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Database 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.

Check other web resources for images:

  • Google Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
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