Centrosema molle prev. C. pubescens, Fam. Fabaceae
Vigorous twining vine, forming tangled mats or growing over shrubs and trees to 3m or more. Stems minutely hairy.
|Form or habit:||Climbing or twining plant|
Alternate pinnate with 3 leaflets, broadest below the mid-point, terminal leaflet lanceolate and much larger than laterals. Triangular stipules, 3-4mm.
|Flower colour:||Pink to mauve|
|Flower description:||Pea-shaped, pink to mauve, 20mm long x 20-30mm wide, densely hairy on back, borne in axillary groups of 1-several at the end of slender stems.|
|Fruit description:||Flattened straight or curved smooth pale brown pods with thickened margins, 70-150 x 7mm, contain 8-20 red-brown mottled seeds.|
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|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Weed status:||Environmental/garden escapee|
|Notes:||Spread by: Seeds in contaminated soil, vehicles, garden waste, animals. Invades: Disturbed sites, urban, agricultural and natural areas. Notes: Introduced as a pasture legume in wet tropics. Produces large quantities of viable seed and is now widely naturalised in this region. Destroys tree layer and prevents regeneration of native plants. Environmental weed.|
|Information sources:||Mackay Regional Pest Management Group (2011) Weeds of the Mackay Whitsunday Region.|