Tephrosia vogelii Hook. f.

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Tephrosia vogelii

Photo: Mark Hyde
Hodson Avenue, New Alexandra Park

Tephrosia vogelii

Photo: Mark Hyde
Hodson Avenue, New Alexandra Park

Tephrosia vogelii

Photo: Mark Hyde
Hodson Avenue, New Alexandra Park

Tephrosia vogelii

Photo: Mark Hyde
Hodson Avenue, New Alexandra Park

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Synonyms: Tephrosia megalantha T. Durand & De Wild.
Tephrosia periculosa Baker
Common names:
Status: Probably introduced
Shrub, 1-3 m tall. Stems and branches covered in brown spreading heairs. Leaves imparipinnate with 6-15 pairs of leaflets and a terminal leaflet; rhachis and petiole covered in dense spreading golden brown hairs; leaflets elliptic-oblong to oblanceolate, up to 6 cm long, thinly appressed hairy above, more densely so below; apex slightly mucronate. Flowers in dense terminal heads, large, white; calyx densely brown or greyish hairy. Pods up to 15 cm long, densely covered in pale brown hairs.
Notes: Often cultivated for use as a fish poison.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In disturbed and cultivated areas.
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Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Tropical Africa but probably not native in the Flora Zambesiaca region. Also in Comoros, Assam-India and Indonesia.
Malawi distribution: N,S
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Content last updated: Friday 9 February 2018

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 40 - 41. (Includes a picture).

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) Pages 186 - 187.

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 339. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 228.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 245.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 52.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 65.

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Tephrosia vogelii
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Flora of Zambia: Tephrosia vogelii
Flora of Zimbabwe: Tephrosia vogelii

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

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: Species information: Tephrosia vogelii.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=130050, retrieved 23 April 2024

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