Tephrosia aequilata Baker

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Tephrosia aequilata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Saddle between upper Nhandar and Vanduzi rivers, Mt Gorongosa.

Tephrosia aequilata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Saddle between upper Nhandar and Vanduzi rivers, Mt Gorongosa.

Tephrosia aequilata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Saddle between upper Nhandar and Vanduzi rivers, Mt Gorongosa.

Tephrosia aequilata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Saddle between upper Nhandar and Vanduzi rivers, Mt Gorongosa.

Tephrosia aequilata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Saddle between upper Nhandar and Vanduzi rivers, Mt Gorongosa.

Tephrosia aequilata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Saddle between upper Nhandar and Vanduzi rivers, Mt Gorongosa.

Tephrosia aequilata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Upper Jizira Valley, Mt Gorongosa

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Synonyms: subsp. australis Brummitt
subsp. nyasae (Baker f.) Brummitt
subsp. mlanjeana Brummitt
subsp. namuliana Brummitt
subsp. gorongosana Brummitt
Tephrosia meyeri-johannis Taub.
Tephrosia nyasae Baker f.
Tephrosia zombensis Baker
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Usually a small shrub, less than 2m high, rarely taller or a small tree up to 5m. Young stems densely appressed hairy. Leaves imparipinnate, usually with 6-10 pairs of leaflets; petiole and rhachis appressed hairy. Leaflets up to 5 cm long, elliptic-oblong or oblanceolate, more or less mucronate at the apex, more or less thinly and finely silvery appressed hairy above, more densely so beneath; margin sometimes rolled under, except near the base and apex. Stipules 1.5-8 mm broad, triangular to ovate. Flowers in dense racemose heads,bracts persitent during flowering, all parts except petals densely brown or greyish hairy. Pods 2-4 cm long, more or less appressed bronze-brown hairy.
Notes: A very variable species with a number of subspecies formerly described, often from different, isolated populations. The distinguishing characteristics, however, rarely appear to be constant and many intermediates are known and these dividing taxa are therefore no longer recognized.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In rocky places in montane grassland, along forest margins and on mountain slopes.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 2200 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Southern Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and northern South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Thursday 19 April 2012
Literature:

Brummitt, R.K., Harder, D.K., Lewis, G.P., Lock, J.M., Polhill, R.M. and Verdcourt, B. (2007). Leguminosae Subfamily Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(3) Pages 187 - 189.

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 169. as Tephrosia aequilata australis

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 72.

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 227. As: Tephrosia aequilata australis

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

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 51. as subsp. australis Brummitt

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

Strugnell, A.M. (2002). Endemics of Mt. Mulanje. The endemic spermatophytes of Mt. Mulanje, Malawi Systematics and Geography of Plants 72 Page 20. as Tephrosia aequilata subsp. mlanjeana

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 103. as Tephrosia aequilata mlanjeana


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Tephrosia aequilata.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=129580, retrieved 30 August 2016

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