1. Family: Fabaceae Lindl.
    1. Genus: Tephrosia Pers.
      1. Tephrosia micrantha J.B.Gillett

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania to S. Tropical Africa.

    [FZ]

    Flora Zambesiaca Leguminosae subfamily Papillionoideae by R.K. Brummitt

    Ovary
    Ovary pubescent; style glabrous.
    Distribution
    Also in Burundi and S Tanzania.
    Ecology
    In open woodland (Brachystegia), bush or grassy places, sometimes a weed in disturbed ground, roadsides, etc.; 500–1500 m.
    Habit
    Annual to biennial with a fairly stout taproot and usually tufted habit with several ascending, much branched stems arising from the base and 10–25 cm high, or sometimes mat-forming with more elongate ± procumbent branches up to 30 cm long. Annual to biennial with a fairly stout taproot and usually tufted habit with several ascending, much branched stems arising from the base and 10–25 cm high, or sometimes mat-forming with more elongate ± procumbent branches up to 30 cm long.
    Stem
    Stems pubescent with appressed to ascending or occasionally spreading hairs. Stems pubescent with appressed to ascending or occasionally spreading hairs.
    Leaves
    Leaves pinnate with (2)3–6(9) pairs of leaflets; petiole 0.1–1.8(3) cm long, varying from much shorter to much longer than the lower pair of leaflets, petiole and rachis together (1)2–6(8) cm long, pubescent like the stem; leaflets (5)8–20(25) × (1)2–5(6) mm, oblanceolate or narrowly elliptic to linear-elliptic, subcuneate at the base, subacute to rounded at the apex; upper surface glabrous or appressed-pubescent; lower surface appressed-pubescent, sometimes densely so and conspicuously greyish, rarely ± silky; stipules 3–7(8) × 0.1–0.5 mm, subulate, usually persistent and often conspicuous near the base of the stems above the hypocotyl. Leaves pinnate with (2)3–6(9) pairs of leaflets; petiole 0.1–1.8(3) cm long, varying from much shorter to much longer than the lower pair of leaflets, petiole and rachis together (1)2–6(8) cm long, pubescent like the stem; leaflets (5)8–20(25) × (1)2–5(6) mm, oblanceolate or narrowly elliptic to linear-elliptic, subcuneate at the base, subacute to rounded at the apex; upper surface glabrous or appressed-pubescent; lower surface appressed-pubescent, sometimes densely so and conspicuously greyish, rarely ± silky; stipules 3–7(8) × 0.1–0.5 mm, subulate, usually persistent and often conspicuous near the base of the stems above the hypocotyl.
    Flowers
    Flowers in terminal and leaf-opposed or axillary racemes 1–6(11) cm long; bracts 2–5 × 0.2–0.5 mm, ± subulate; pedicels 2–3(4) mm long. Flowers in terminal and leaf-opposed or axillary racemes 1–6(11) cm long; bracts 2–5 × 0.2–0.5 mm, ± subulate; pedicels 2–3(4) mm long.
    Calyx
    Calyx (1.5)2–3 mm long, shortly appressed-pubescent; teeth about equalling the tube, the two upper ones joined for up to half their length. Calyx (1.5)2–3 mm long, shortly appressed-pubescent; teeth about equalling the tube, the two upper ones joined for up to half their length.
    Corolla
    Petals 4–5(6) mm long, pink to purplish. Petals 4–5(6) mm long, pink to purplish.
    Stamens
    Staminal tube connate above. Staminal tube connate above.
    Pistil
    Ovary pubescent; style glabrous.
    Fruits
    Pods 20–37 × 3.5–4.5 mm, brown to straw-coloured, very shortly pubescent with often geniculate hairs. Pods 20–37 × 3.5–4.5 mm, brown to straw-coloured, very shortly pubescent with often geniculate hairs.
    Seeds
    Seeds (4)5–6(7), c.3 × 2 × 1.5 mm, subreniform-oblong. Seeds (4)5–6(7), c.3 × 2 × 1.5 mm, subreniform-oblong.
    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

    Conservation
    Not Threatened
    Ecology
    Africa: Zambezian woodland
    Habit
    Annual, Not climbing, Herb
    [FTEA]

    Leguminosae, J. B. Gillett, R. M. Polhill & B. Verdcourt. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1971

    Habit
    Annual or short-lived perennial with a well-developed taproot.
    Branches
    Branches more or less prostrate and silvery.
    Leaves
    Stipules, at any rate those near the base of the plant, very slender, subulate, slightly curved, up to 7 or 8 mm. long; leaflets 4–6(rarely –9)-jugate, at least 4 times as long as wide, silvery beneath.
    Pedicel
    Pedicels ± 3 mm. long, not longer than the longest of the bracts.
    Corolla
    Standard white pubescent outside, broadly ovate, ± 5 mm. long, including the claw.
    Filaments
    Filament-sheath 3–4 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Pod rarely over 3 cm. long, with short stiff usually spreading hairs, 4–7-seeded.
    Seeds
    Seeds longitudinal, mottled, with a minute aril.
    Habitat
    Fire-swept deciduous woodland, especially on sandy ground; 150–1000 m.; rainfall 1000–1200 mm.
    Distribution
    T7 T8

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Burundi, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

    Tephrosia micrantha J.B.Gillett appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jun 23, 1960 Milne-Redhead, E. [9122], Tanzania K000262678 holotype
    Jun 23, 1960 Milne-Redhead, E. [9122], Tanzania K000262679 holotype
    Bidgood, S. [5652], Tanzania K000468772

    First published in Kew Bull. 15: 41 (1961)

    Accepted by

    • Brummitt, R.K. & al. (2007). Flora Zambesiaca 3(3): 1-258. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Flora Zambesiaca
    • —Gillett in F.T.E.A., Legum., Pap.: 188 (1971).
    • —Brummitt in Bol. Soc. Brot., sér.2, 41: 254 (1968).
    • in Kew Bull. 15: 41 (1961).
    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Brummitt in Bol. Soc. Brot., sér. 2, 41: 254 (1968).
    • Gillett in Kew Bulletin 15: 41 (1961).
    International Legume Database and Information Service
    • Gillett, J. B. et al. (1971). Papilionoideae. In: Fl. Trop. E. Africa, Milne-Redhead & Polhill

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
    'The Herbarium Catalogue, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet http://www.kew.org/herbcat [accessed on Day Month Year]'. Please enter the date on which you consulted the system.
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    International Legume Database and Information Service
    International Legume Database and Information Service (ILDIS) V10.39 Nov 2011
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0