Tephrosia hockii De Wild.
subsp. hockii

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Synonyms: Tephrosia aurantiaca subsp. lutea (R.E. Fr.) Dewit
Tephrosia aurantiaca forma cinerea Dewit
Tephrosia aurantiaca forma fulvescens Dewit
Tephrosia aurantiaca subsp. hockii (De Wild.) Dewit
Tephrosia lutea R.E.Fr.
Tephrosia rhizomatosa De Wild.
Common names:
Frequency: Rare
Status: Native
Perennial suffrutex with herbaceous, probably annual, erect, unbranched or rarely 1-branched stems 45–75 cm high; stems appressed-pubescent with grey or silvery hairs; leaves pinnate with (1)2–4(5) pairs of leaflets; petiole (1.3)1.8–4.2 cm long, petiole and rachis together (2)4.5–11.2 cm long, pubescent like the stem; leaflets (3.5)4.5–8(9) × (0.6)1–2 cm, narrowly elliptic to oblanceolate, ± cuneate at the base, obtuse to rounded at the apex, veins prominent and conspicuous on both surfaces; upper surface glabrous, lower surface thinly appressed-pubescent, stipules (5)8–13 × (1)1.5–2 mm, linear to linear-triangular; flowers in dense terminal racemes 2–10 cm long with usually also flowers in the axils of 1–3(4) upper leaves, occasionally with 1–2 short axillary racemes, terminal racemes usually exceeded by the upper leaves, bracts quickly falling; pedicels 4–10 mm long; calyx 9–12 mm long, densely appressed-pubescent with grey hairs, lateral teeth about equalling the tube, lower tooth distinctly longer, the two upper teeth joined for most of their length; petals (18)20–24 mm long, orange to yellow; ovary pubescent, style glabrous or pubescent, with pencillate tip; pods 70–100 × 8–10 mm, shortly appressed-pubescent to tomentulose; seeds 6–9.
Subsp. hockii differs in having a glabrous style and pods 100 x 8 mm.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: hockii: after A. Hock, who collected the type specimen in Katanga (DRC) in 1911.
Habitat: Dambo margin in Uapaca woodland
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Sep - Nov
Worldwide distribution: DRC (Katanga) and Zambia
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Lp
Growth form(s): Perennial.
Endemic status: Near Endemic
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Brummitt, R.K., Harder, D.K., Lewis, G.P., Lock, J.M., Polhill, R.M. & Verdcourt, B. (2007). Leguminosae Subfamily Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(3) Page 158.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Tephrosia hockii
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Tephrosia hockii
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Tephrosia hockii
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Tephrosia hockii
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Tephrosia hockii
JSTOR Plant Science: Tephrosia hockii
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Tephrosia hockii
Plants of the World Online: Tephrosia hockii
Tropicos: Tephrosia hockii
Wikipedia: Tephrosia hockii

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: Species information: Tephrosia hockii subsp. hockii.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=205580, retrieved 24 April 2024

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