3718.000 Tephrosia Pers.

Description of the genus

Annual or perennial herbs or shrubs. Hairs basifixed. Leaves usually imparipinnate, rarely palmate or 1-foliolate; leaflets opposite or subopposite, often silky, entire, usually narrowed at base and widest above middle, often with a prominent marginal nerve. Flowers 2 or more together in leaf axils or at the nodes of pseudoracemes, which are sometimes condensed and appearing subcapitate or subumbellate. Calyx 5-lobed, the upper 2 lobes often ± united. Corolla usually reddish-purple; standard pubescent outside. Upper filament lightly attached to others, less often free; other filaments fused for 2/3 to 4/5 of their length. Ovary pubescent, sessile. Pod linear or oblong, ± flattened, beaked, usually dehiscent. Seeds may be longitudinal (long axis parallel to that of pod), transverse or oblique. Aril almost 0 to well-developed.

Worldwide: 400 species in warm regions, mostly Africa and Australia

Zambia: 57 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Mocis mayeri (Brown Lines)
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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
acaciifolia Welw. ex BakerC,E,SE,Lk,SDescription, Image
aequilata BakerNNDescription, Image
aurantiaca Harms NN,E
bracteolata Guill. & Perr. var. strigulosa Brummitt NN
caerulea Baker f. subsp. caerulea B,C,SN,S,W
cephalantha Welw. ex Baker var. decumbens Welw. ex BakerB,N,W,C,SCb,Lp,N,C,Lk,S,W
chisumpae Brummitt BW
coronilloides Welw. ex Baker[LR-lc]BW
curvata De Wild. N,WCb,N
dasyphylla Baker subsp. amplissima Brummitt WNw,Cb
dasyphylla Welw. ex Baker subsp. dasyphylla N,W,CCb,N,CDescription, Image
decora Welw. ex BakerN,W,C,E,SCb,N,E,Lk,S
elata Deflers subsp. heckmanniana (Harms) Brummitt var. heckmanniana N,W,C,E,SNw,N,E,Lk,SDescription, Image
elata Deflers subsp. heckmanniana (Harms) Brummitt var. abercornensis Brummitt NN
euprepes BrummittB,E,SE,S,W
hockii De Wild. subsp. hirsutostylosa (De Wit) J.B.Gillett [NrEnd]WNw,CbDescription, Image
hockii De Wild. subsp. hockii [NrEnd]NLpDescription
interrupta Engl. subsp. elongatiflora J.B. GillettEMc
kasikiensis Baker f. N,WCb,N
kasikiensis Baker f subsp. chinsaliana Brummitt[VU]Description
kindu De Wild. N,WNw,N
laxiflora R.E. Fr. B,N,W,C,SNw,N,C,W
lepida Baker f. subsp. lepida N,W,C,SN,C,Lk,S
lepida Baker f. subsp. nigrescens Brummitt NN
linearis (Willd.) Pers. var. linearis B,N,C,E,SN,E,Lk,S,W
linearis (Willd.) Pers. var. discolor (E. Mey.) BrummittN,SN,S
linearis (Willd.) Pers.[Agg]B,N,C,E,SDescription, Image
longipes Meisn. var. longipes C,SLk,S
longipes × reptans CLk
lupinifolia DC.B,N,W,C,SNw,N,Lk,WDescription, Image
lurida Sond.?Description, Image
malvina Brummitt N,W,CCb,N,S
micrantha J.B. GillettN,W,C,SCb,N,Lk,S
muenzneri Harms subsp. pedalis Brummitt [DD]EE
nana KotschyN,WCb,Lp
noctiflora Bojer ex BakerSSDescription, Image
paniculata Baker subsp. paniculata B,N,W,C,ENw,N,E,C,W
paradoxa BrummittNN
pumila (Lam.) Pers. var. pumila C,EN,E
punctata J.B.Gillett subsp. punctata NN
punctata J.B.Gillett subsp. redheadii Brummitt N,WNw,N
purpurea (L.) Pers. subsp. leptostachya (DC.) BrummittB,N,W,C,SDescription, Image
purpurea (L.) Pers. subsp. leptostachya (DC.) Brummitt var. delagoensis (H.M.L. Forbes) BrummittBWDescription
purpurea (L.) Pers. subsp. leptostachya (DC.) Brummitt var. pubescens BakerB,N,W,C,SN,Lk,SDescription
radicans Welw. ex BakerB,N,W,C,SCb,N,Lk,S,WDescription, Image
reptans Baker var. reptans C,SLk
reptans Baker var. arenicola BrummittNN
rhodesica Baker f. var. rhodesica B,N,W,C,E,SLk,SDescription, Image
rhodesica Baker f. var. polystachyoides (Baker f.) BrummittSS
richardsiae J.B.Gillett subsp. erucifera Brummitt [LR-lc]N,CMc,C
richardsiae J.B.Gillett subsp. richardsiae N,EN,E
ringoetii Baker f. N,WCb,N,Mc,Lk
robinsoniana Brummitt [DD]CC
stormsii De Wild. var. stormsii N,W,C,E,SCb,N,E,C,Lk,S
stormsii De Wild. var. pilosa Brummitt N,CN,C
vogelii Hook. f.B,N,W,C,E,SNw,N,CDescription, Image
zambiana Brummitt [DD]NN

Other sources of information about Tephrosia:

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Flora of Botswana: Tephrosia
Flora of Caprivi: Tephrosia
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Tephrosia
Flora of Malawi: Tephrosia
Flora of Mozambique: Tephrosia
Flora of Zimbabwe: Tephrosia

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Tephrosia
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Tephrosia
JSTOR Plant Science: Tephrosia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Tephrosia
Plants of the World Online: Tephrosia
Tropicos: Tephrosia
Wikipedia: Tephrosia

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Tephrosia.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=726, retrieved 25 May 2024

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