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Date Photo Taken: August 20, 2010
Location: Mansfield, GA
Posted By: Gristmills


Discovered while hiking today along a granite outcropping at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center.


  1. caroline Unregistered says:

    Looks like a butterfly pea (Clitoria mariana).

    August 24th, 2010 at 1:35 pm
  2. Sunnysue Unregistered says:

    Looks like some kind of wild sweet pea. Was it on a vine and what did the leaves look like?

    August 24th, 2010 at 7:33 pm
  3. Walter Reeves The Georgia Gardener says:

    I’m leaning toward Centrosema virginianum, not Clitoria mariana.

    Who can be definitive about this?

    August 24th, 2010 at 9:41 pm
  4. Shannon Pable Unregistered says:

    I think you are close…but looks more like Spurred Butterfly Pea, Centrosema virginianum

    Note the difference at the top of the flower part of the Clitoria mariana


    August 24th, 2010 at 10:02 pm
  5. Gristmills Unregistered says:

    Didn’t appear to be growing on any vine, just popping-up less than 4-5 inches from the forest floor, it’s stem and leaves as delicate as blades of grass … prolific patches of reindeer moss on the opposite side of this narrow trail through here where it ringed the edge of a granite outcrop, the nearest creek (Murder Creek) nearly a quarter mile away.

    August 24th, 2010 at 10:46 pm
  6. Walter Reeves The Georgia Gardener says:

    I declare it ID’ed

    Spurred Butterfly Pea, Centrosema virginianum

    August 25th, 2010 at 8:37 am
  7. Shannon Pable Unregistered says:

    Gristmills: note the leaves (compound 3 leaflets) in the upper right-hand corner of the pic. I believe the plant (vine)is covered with leaf litter.

    August 25th, 2010 at 9:04 am
  8. Gristmills Unregistered says:

    Thanks, everyone! Shannon yes, with everyone’s input and further research realized I’d missed discerning what was actually connected (next time I’ll take along a chopstick!)

    August 25th, 2010 at 10:12 am

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