Tephrosia noctiflora Bojer ex Baker

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Tephrosia noctiflora

Picture: Bart Wursten
Along road to Chivirira Falls, Mahenye

Tephrosia noctiflora

Picture: Bart Wursten
Along road to Chivirira Falls, Mahenye

Tephrosia noctiflora

Picture: Bart Wursten
Along road to Nhambo cottages, Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge.

Tephrosia noctiflora

Picture: Bart Wursten
Near junction roads to Chilo and Nhambo, Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge.

Tephrosia noctiflora

Picture: Bart Wursten
Near junction roads to Chilo and Nhambo, Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge.

Tephrosia noctiflora

Picture: Bart Wursten
Near junction roads to Chilo and Nhambo, Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge.

Tephrosia noctiflora

Picture: Bart Wursten
Near junction roads to Chilo and Nhambo, Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge.

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Status: Probably native
Description:
Shrubby herb with spreading branches, sometimes annual, up to 1.3 m tall, rarely taller. Stems and branches with appressed greyish hairs, especially when young. Leaves imparipinnate mostly with 6-9 pairs of narrowly obovate to elliptic leaflets, mostly hairless above, appressed pubescent beneath; petiole and rhachis hairy like the stems; stipules up to 10 mm long, more or less linear. Inflorescences fairly lax terminal racemes up to 30 cm long, often appearing leaf-opposed. Flowers variable in colour but often whitish with a puprple centre; petals 9-13 mm long. Pods 45-60 mm long, densely covered in brown or grey, loosely appressed or ascending hairs, often darker at the margins.
Type location:
Zanzibar
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: noctiflora: night-flowering.
Habitat: Along river banks and in stony or rocky places in woodland.
Altitude range: Up to 1000 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Probably native from Uganda to Mpumalanga, South Africa but introduced in West Africa, DRC and many other parts thoughout the tropics, where it has been cultivated and now has become naturalized.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): S
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Content last updated: Monday 16 February 2015
Literature:

Brummitt, R.K., Harder, D.K., Lewis, G.P., Lock, J.M., Polhill, R.M. and Verdcourt, B. (2007). Leguminosae Subfamily Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(3) Pages 133 - 134.

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 338. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 35.

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 227.

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Flora of Malawi: Tephrosia noctiflora
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Tephrosia noctiflora
African Plant Database: Tephrosia noctiflora
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Tephrosia noctiflora
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Tephrosia noctiflora
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Tephrosia noctiflora
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Tephrosia noctiflora
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Tephrosia noctiflora
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Tephrosia noctiflora
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Tephrosia noctiflora
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Tephrosia noctiflora
Ispot Southern Africa: Tephrosia noctiflora
JSTOR Plant Science: Tephrosia noctiflora
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Tephrosia noctiflora
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Tephrosia noctiflora
The Plant List (version 1.1): Tephrosia noctiflora
Tropicos: Tephrosia noctiflora


Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-19

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2019). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Tephrosia noctiflora.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=129850, retrieved 20 May 2019

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