Tephrosia rupicola J.B. Gillett
subsp. rupicola

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Synonyms: Tephrosia huillensis sensu Suess. & Merxm.
Common names:
Status: Native
Small shrub, up to c. 1 m tall. Young branches densely covered in spreading or somewhat appressed brown hairs. Leaves paripinnate with 5-8 pairs of leaflets, leaflets oblanceolate-oblong, pubescent on both surfaces, shortly mucronate at the apex; margin entire. Inflorescence lax, terminal, up to 20 cm long; flowers purple with calyx densely covered in brown hairs. Pods 2.5-3.5 cm long, velvety on the margins only. See also subsp. dreweana Brummitt.
Notes: Recorded only from the Marondera and Makoni Districts of Zimbabwe. Earlier lists, such as 'A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants' give division S for this taxon as well as C.
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Habitat: Normally near granite outcrops.
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Worldwide distribution: C Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: C
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Endemic status: Endemic
Red data list status: Data deficient
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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 193 - 195.

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

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

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 52.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Tephrosia rupicola
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Tephrosia rupicola
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Tephrosia rupicola
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Tephrosia rupicola
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iNaturalist: Tephrosia rupicola
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Tephrosia rupicola
JSTOR Plant Science: Tephrosia rupicola
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Tephrosia rupicola
Plants of the World Online: Tephrosia rupicola
Tropicos: Tephrosia rupicola
Wikipedia: Tephrosia rupicola

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Tephrosia rupicola subsp. rupicola.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=129990, retrieved 18 May 2024

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