Tephrosia lupinifolia DC.

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Tephrosia lupinifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
B8 road through Bwabwata

Tephrosia lupinifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
B8 road through Bwabwata

Tephrosia lupinifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
B8 road through Bwabwata

Tephrosia lupinifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
B8 road through Bwabwata

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Synonyms: Lupiniphyllum lupinifolium (DC.) Hutch.
Tephrosia digitata DC.
Tephrosia laevigata Baker
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial herb with prostrate branches up to 1 m long, growing from a vertical woody rootstock, often producing underground inflorescences. Stems more or less densely covered with spreading hairs. Leaves palmately 3-7-foliolate; leaflets, 3.5-9 cm long, linear-elliptic to narrowly obovate, usually hairless above, with appressed or spreading hairs below. Inflorescences in racemes, up to 20 cm long. Flowers pink to purple. Subterranean inflorescences shorter with whitish flowers. Pods 2-3.5 cm long linear-oblong, pubescent, brownish, 4-7-seeded. Subterranean pods 7-10 mm long, whitish, 1-2-seeded.
Derivation of specific name: lupinifolia: with leaves like a lupin (Lupinus sp.) referring to the palmately divided leaves.
Habitat: In open grassy places, often on sandy soils.
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Congo, Senegal, northern Nigeria, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Saturday 17 March 2018

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 128 - 130. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 34.

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 223. as Lupiniphyllum lupinifolium

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 173. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 274. (Includes a picture).

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.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 73.

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Flora of Botswana: Tephrosia lupinifolia
Flora of Malawi: Tephrosia lupinifolia
Flora of Zambia: Tephrosia lupinifolia
Flora of Zimbabwe: Tephrosia lupinifolia

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Caprivi: Species information: Tephrosia lupinifolia.
https://www.capriviflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=129790, retrieved 3 December 2022

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