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

Mozambique: 56 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 BakerMSDescription, Image
aequilata BakerN,Z,MSDescription, Image
argyrotricha HarmsN
brummittii SchrireM
caerulea Baker f. subsp. caerulea N
candida DC.N
chimanimaniana Brummitt[NrEnd]MS
cordata Hutch. & Burtt DavyM?Description, Image
dasyphylla Welw. ex Baker subsp. dasyphylla NDescription, Image
decora Welw. ex BakerN,Z,T
elata Deflers subsp. heckmanniana (Harms) Brummitt var. heckmanniana N,ZDescription, Image
elongata E. Mey. var. tzaneenensis (H.M.L. Forbes) BrummittM
euprepes BrummittT
faulknerae Brummitt[End]N,Z
forbesii Baker subsp. forbesii [NrEnd]GI,M
forbesii Baker subsp. inhacensis Brummitt[End]M
forbesii Baker subsp. interior BrummittGI
gobensis Brummitt[NrEnd]M
interrupta Engl. subsp. elongatiflora J.B. GillettN
linearis (Willd.) Pers. var. linearis N,Z,MS,M
linearis (Willd.) Pers. var. discolor (E. Mey.) BrummittN,MS,M
linearis (Willd.) Pers.[Agg]N,Z,MS,MDescription, Image
longipes Meisn. var. longipes MS,GI,M
longipes Meisn. var. swynnertonii (Baker f.) Brummitt[NrEnd]MS
longipes Meisn. var. drummondii (Brummitt) Brummitt[NrEnd][DD]MSDescription, Image
meisneri Hutch. & Burtt Davy
micrantha J.B. GillettN,Z
miranda Brummitt[End]N
montana Brummitt[NrEnd]MS
multijuga R.G.N. YoungM
nana KotschyZ
noctiflora Bojer ex BakerN,T,MDescription, Image
nyikensis Baker subsp. nyikensis N
paniculata Baker subsp. paniculata N
paradoxa BrummittN
pentaphylla (Roxb.) G. DonN
polystachya E. Mey.M
praecana Brummitt[NrEnd][VU]MS
pumila (Lam.) Pers. var. pumila MS,M
purpurea (L.) Pers. subsp. altissima BrummittN,MS
purpurea (L.) Pers. subsp. canescens (E. Mey.) BrummittN,MS,GI,MImage
purpurea (L.) Pers. subsp. dunensis BrummittN,Z,MS
purpurea (L.) Pers. subsp. leptostachya (DC.) BrummittN,Z,T,MS,GI,MDescription, Image
purpurea (L.) Pers. subsp. leptostachya (DC.) Brummitt var. delagoensis (H.M.L. Forbes) BrummittN,Z,MS,GI,MDescription
purpurea (L.) Pers. subsp. leptostachya (DC.) Brummitt var. pubescens BakerMS,MDescription
reptans Baker var. reptans N,Z?,T,MS
reptans Baker var. arenicola BrummittN,T
reptans Baker var. microfoliata (Peres de Lima) Brummitt[End]N,Z
rhodesica Baker f. var. rhodesica N,MSDescription, Image
rhodesica Baker f. var. polystachyoides (Baker f.) BrummittZ
stormsii De Wild. var. stormsii N,Z
uniflora Pers. subsp. uniflora T,MS,GIDescription, Image
villosa (L.) Pers. subsp. ehrenbergiana (Schweinf.) Brummitt var. ehrenbergiana N,TDescription
villosa (L.) Pers. subsp. ehrenbergiana (Schweinf.) Brummitt var. daviesii BrummittTDescription, Image
vogelii Hook. f.N,Z,MSDescription, Image
whyteana Baker f. subsp. gemina Brummitt[End]Z

Other sources of information about Tephrosia:

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Flora of Botswana: Tephrosia
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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Tephrosia
Flora of Malawi: Tephrosia
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Flora of Zimbabwe: Tephrosia

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Tephrosia
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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 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Genus page: Tephrosia.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=726, retrieved 1 March 2024

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