Tephrosia elata Deflers
subsp. heckmanniana (Harms) Brummitt
var. heckmanniana

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Synonyms: Tephrosia heckmanniana Harms
Common names:
Status: Native
Mostly annual or sometimes biennial, shrubby herb, 0.5-2 m high, branching above. Stems and branches smooth, appressed pubescent. Leaves pinnate, usually with 6-10 pairs of leaflets; leaflets oblanceolate, elliptic to linear-elliptic, 3-8 cm long, sometimes emarginate at the apex, hairless above, shortly appressed-pubescent beneath; stipules up to 16 mm long, linear, often falcate. Racemes terminal and axillary, 10-30 cm long. Calyx 3.5-8 mm long, densely and shortly appressed-pubescent. Flowers 12-18 mm long, purple or reddish; standard truncate to cordate at the base. Pods 35-80 mm long, pale straw-coloured, more or less hairless.
Notes: This is the native and more widespread subspecies in Zimbabwe. See subsp. elata for comparison.
Derivation of specific name: elata: tall, high
Habitat: Mainly in miombo woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) 450 - 1750 m
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC (Katanga), Burundi, southern Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E,S
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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 167 - 168.

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 54. As Tephrosia heckmanniana

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 227.

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 Tephrosia heckmanniana

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 27. as Tephrosia sp. nr. heckmanniana

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 elata heckmanniana

Other sources of information about Tephrosia elata subsp. heckmanniana var. heckmanniana:

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Flora of Malawi: Tephrosia elata subsp. heckmanniana var. heckmanniana
Flora of Mozambique: Tephrosia elata subsp. heckmanniana var. heckmanniana
Flora of Zambia: Tephrosia elata subsp. heckmanniana var. heckmanniana

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Tephrosia elata
African Plant Database: Tephrosia elata
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Tephrosia elata
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Tephrosia elata
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Tephrosia elata
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Tephrosia elata
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Tephrosia elata
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Tephrosia elata
iNaturalist: Tephrosia elata
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Tephrosia elata
JSTOR Plant Science: Tephrosia elata
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Tephrosia elata
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Tephrosia elata
Plants of the World Online: Tephrosia elata
Tropicos: Tephrosia elata
Wikipedia: Tephrosia elata

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Tephrosia elata subsp. heckmanniana var. heckmanniana.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=129730, retrieved 3 February 2023

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