Tephrosia lurida Sond.

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Tephrosia lurida

Photo: Bart Wursten
Start of the path to Hadange Gorge, rd to Outward Bound, Chimanimani.

Tephrosia lurida

Photo: Bart Wursten
Start of the path to Hadange Gorge, rd to Outward Bound, Chimanimani.

Tephrosia lurida

Photo: Bart Wursten
Start of the path to Hadange Gorge, rd to Outward Bound, Chimanimani.

Tephrosia lurida

Photo: Bart Wursten
Start of the path to Hadange Gorge, rd to Outward Bound, Chimanimani.

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Synonyms: Cracca lurida (Sond.) Kuntze
Tephrosia angustissima Engl.
Tephrosia dowsonii Baker f.
Tephrosia longipes Meisn. var. lurida (Sond.) J.B. Gillett
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial with prostrate or more often ascending stems, up to 50 cm high, growing from a woody rootstock; stems and leaf-rhachis sparsely or less often densely appressed pubescent with greyish hairs. Leaves mostly 3–7-foliolate; leaflets linear or narrowly lanceolate or oblanceolate, up to 12 cm long, usually less than 5 mm wide, ending in a stout blackish often recurved mucro, hairless above, appressed pubescent beneath; lateral veins very numerous; petiole up to 8 cm long, usually longer than the rhachis; stipules narrowly triangular, up to 1 cm long, often blackish. Flowers in very lax, terminal pseudoracemes; bracts linear, up to 7 mm long; pedicels 3–5 mm long. Calyx brownish pubescent; teeth triangular, about as long as the tube or slightly longer. Corolla pink or purple; standard 12–18 mm long; keel hairless. Pod ascending, slightly upcurved, 5–6 cm long and 4–5 mm wide, stiffly and shortly white spreading pubescent; style-base straight.
Notes: This species was long considered another variety under the variable Tephrosia longipes but is now considered separate again.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In Grassland and rocky places.
Altitude range: (metres) 1270 - 1830 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Eswatini.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
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Images last updated: Sunday 19 September 2021
Literature:

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 173 - 176.

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

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 lurida var. lurida


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Tephrosia lurida.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=129800, retrieved 26 September 2021

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