Centrosema pubescens (Fabaceae)


This climber of open areas and roadsides with an unimaginative name Centro is a non-native plant originating from South America. It is a well known forage plant and was probably introduced to the region for that purpose. The flowers are probably the most distinctive feature and is quite attractive.

This plant may be medicinal as extracts of this plant have shown some potential antimicrobial activity on a wide range of bacteria (see report).


Centrosema molle DSC_0528 (5)
The flower varies in the depth of colour and sometimes with the mottled patterns near the centre.


About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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