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

Botswana: 20 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 Baker?Description, Image
burchellii Burtt DavySW,SE
caerulea Baker f. subsp. caerulea N
caerulea Baker f. subsp. otaviensis (Dinter) Schreiber & BrummittN
cephalantha Welw. ex Baker var. decumbens Welw. ex BakerN,SE
dregeana E. Mey. var. dregeana N,SW
euprepes BrummittN
longipes Meisn. var. longipes
lupinifolia DC.N,SEDescription, Image
multijuga R.G.N. Young
polystachya E. Mey.
pumila (Lam.) Pers. var. pumila N
purpurea (L.) Pers. subsp. leptostachya (DC.) BrummittN,SW,SEDescription, Image
purpurea (L.) Pers. subsp. leptostachya (DC.) Brummitt var. delagoensis (H.M.L. Forbes) BrummittNDescription
purpurea (L.) Pers. subsp. leptostachya (DC.) Brummitt var. pubescens BakerN,SEDescription
rhodesica Baker f. var. rhodesica SEDescription, Image
rhodesica Baker f. var. evansii (Hutch. & Burtt Davy) BrummittSE
uniflora Pers. subsp. uniflora SEDescription, Image
villosa (L.) Pers. subsp. ehrenbergiana (Schweinf.) Brummitt var. daviesii BrummittN?Description, Image
zoutpansbergensis Bremek.SE

Other sources of information about Tephrosia:

Our websites:

Flora of Caprivi: Tephrosia
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Tephrosia
Flora of Malawi: 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 Botswana: Genus page: Tephrosia.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=726, retrieved 28 May 2024

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