Oct. 5, 2017

spurred butterfly pea, Centrosema virginianum

Oops! Is this upside down? Not from the point of view of a pollinating bumblebee. In most pea family flowers, the large flat petals rise above the keel petals. In butterfly peas, they hang below, providing a landing platform to the large pollinators. And the stripes serve as guides. Spurred butterfly pea vines grow from Argentina north into AL, AR, DE, FL, GA, IL, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, NC, NJ(E), OK, SC, TN, TX, and VA. Miami-Dade Co FL, 3/21/16.