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(Centrosema molle prev. C. pubescens, fam. Fabaceae)

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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
Leaf:Compound Alternate

Alternate pinnate with 3 leaflets, broadest below the mid-point, terminal leaflet lanceolate and much larger than laterals. Triangular stipules, 3-4mm.

Flower conspicuous: Conspicuous
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 conspicuous: Conspicuous
Fruit colour: Brown
Fruit: Dry
Fruit description: Flattened straight or curved smooth pale brown pods with thickened margins, 70-150 x 7mm, contain 8-20 red-brown mottled seeds.
Food source for:
Toxicity:No toxicity known
Origin:South America
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 laer and prevents regeneration of native plants.
Information sources: Mackay Regional Pest Management Group (2011) Weeds of the Mackay Whitsunday Region.

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