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

Malawi: 41 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Mocis mayeri (Brown Lines)
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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
acaciifolia Welw. ex BakerN,C,SDescription, Image
aequilata BakerN,SDescription, Image
aurantiaca Harms N
bracteolata Guill. & Perr. var. strigulosa Brummitt N,C
caerulea Baker f. subsp. caerulea C,S
candida DC.S
dasyphylla Welw. ex Baker subsp. dasyphylla N,CDescription, Image
decora Welw. ex BakerN,C,S
elata Deflers subsp. heckmanniana (Harms) Brummitt var. heckmanniana N,SDescription, Image
elongata E. Mey. var. elongata S
interrupta Engl. subsp. elongatiflora J.B. GillettN,C
interrupta Engl. subsp. mildbraedii (Harms) J.B. GillettN
linearis (Willd.) Pers. var. linearis N,C,S
linearis (Willd.) Pers. var. discolor (E. Mey.) BrummittN,C,S
linearis (Willd.) Pers.[Agg]N,C,SDescription, Image
lupinifolia DC.N,C,S?Description, Image
malvina Brummitt N,C,S
micrantha J.B. GillettN,C,S
noctiflora Bojer ex BakerSDescription, Image
nyikensis Baker subsp. nyikensis N,C
paniculata Baker subsp. paniculata N,C,S
paradoxa BrummittN
pumila (Lam.) Pers. var. pumila N,C
purpurea (L.) Pers. subsp. altissima BrummittS
purpurea (L.) Pers. subsp. dunensis BrummittN,C
purpurea (L.) Pers. subsp. leptostachya (DC.) BrummittC,SDescription, Image
purpurea (L.) Pers. subsp. leptostachya (DC.) Brummitt var. delagoensis (H.M.L. Forbes) BrummittSDescription
purpurea (L.) Pers. subsp. leptostachya (DC.) Brummitt var. pubescens BakerCDescription
purpurea (L.) Pers. subsp. purpurea C,S
radicans Welw. ex BakerC,SDescription, Image
reptans Baker var. reptans N,C,S
reptans Baker var. arenicola BrummittN,C
rhodesica Baker f. var. rhodesica N,C,SDescription, Image
rhodesica Baker f. var. polystachyoides (Baker f.) BrummittS
richardsiae J.B.Gillett subsp. richardsiae N
stormsii De Wild. var. stormsii N,C,S
stormsii De Wild. var. pilosa Brummitt N
tanganicensis De Wild.N
villosa (L.) Pers. subsp. ehrenbergiana (Schweinf.) Brummitt var. ehrenbergiana SDescription
vogelii Hook. f.N,SDescription, Image
whyteana Baker subsp. whyteana [End]S

Other sources of information about Tephrosia:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Tephrosia
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Tephrosia
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Tephrosia
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Tephrosia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Tephrosia
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: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Tephrosia.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=726, retrieved 13 April 2024

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