Tephrosia longipes Meisn.
var. drummondii (Brummitt) Brummitt

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Tephrosia longipes var. drummondii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chinyakwaremba, Vumba

Tephrosia longipes var. drummondii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chinyakwaremba, Vumba

Tephrosia longipes var. drummondii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chinyakwaremba, Vumba

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Synonyms: Tephrosia lurida Sond. var. drummondii Brummitt
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial herb with ascending stems up to 50 cm long, growing from a strong woody rootstock. Leaves 1-3 foliolate; leaflets narrowly oblanceolate, up to 10 cm long. Inflorescences mostly terminal, few-flowered. Flowers pale pink to mauve, with dense rusty hairs on the standard. Fruit a slender flat pod, covered with rusty hairs, particularly dense along the margins.
Notes: Although this variety has previously only been recorded from the Chimanimani area, the specimen in the images (Ballings & Wursten 201, BR) matches in all aspects of decumbent habit, spreading golden indumentum, 1-foliolate leaves and lax inflorescence. It would therefor be a first record outside the Chimanimanis.
Var. longipes, which is more widespread, is distinguished by greyish appressed hairs and consistently pinnate leaves with 5 or more leaflets, which are smaller than in var. drummondii.
Derivation of specific name: longipes: with a long foot;
drummondii: named after R. B. Drummond (1924-2008), former curator of the National Herbarium in Harare (SRGH), who collected the type specimen.
Habitat: In (sub)montane grassland.
Altitude range: (metres) 1300 - 1650 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Previously only confirmed from the Chimanimani Mts in Mozambique and Zimbabwe but see not above. Also two possibly similar records are known from South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Near Endemic
Red data list status: Data deficient
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Images last updated: Tuesday 8 June 2021

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 - 177.

Darbyshire, I., Timberlake, J., Osborne, J., Rokni, S., Matimele, H., Langa. C., Datizua, C., de Sousa, C., Alves, T., Massingue, A., Hadj-Hammou, J., Dhanda, S., Shah, T., Wursten, B. (2019). The endemic plants of Mozambique: diversity and conservation status Phytotaxa 136 Page 87.

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

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 180. Tephrosia lurida var. drummondii

Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 142. As Tephrosia lurida var. drummondii

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. drummondii

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 94.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Tephrosia longipes
African Plant Database: Tephrosia longipes
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Tephrosia longipes
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Tropicos: Tephrosia longipes
Wikipedia: Tephrosia longipes

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 longipes var. drummondii.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=129810, retrieved 9 December 2023

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