African Plant Database

Tephrosia vogelii Hook. f.
Protologue : Niger Fl. 296 (1849) 
Information on the genus : Tephrosia
Status for MA : accepted (naturalised)
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Tephrosia periculosa Baker (1897)
=Tephrosia megalantha Micheli (1897)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Softly woody branching perennial herb 1-4 m tall, bushy; stem tomentose with both short and long white or fulvous hairs.
Ecology : Grassland; forest margins; waste ground; old cultivations; fallows; secondary formations; usually in or near cultivated ground; 0-2100 m alt.
  Variable in flower colour: red or purple common in W Africa, white in E Africa.
  Geographical origin uncertain. Distributed in tropical Africa from Senegal - Sierra Leone to Ethiopia and southwards to Angola (native?), S. Africa; Comoro Isl.; Madagascar; Bioko/Fernando Poo; also in Asia from Assam to Indonesia.
  Extensively cultivated (fish poison, ornamental), and naturalised. Easy to propagate by seed.
  Not mapped: the extent of its native area blurred.
Biol./Eco : Shrub; Subhumid; Anthropic; 500-999 m, 1000-1499 m; distribution: Naturalised in Madagascar.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Boudet G. & J.P. Lebrun (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali. Etudes et Synthèses IEMVT 16
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and South Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Drug Pl. Africa : 74 (1949).
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Record n°67751 modified 2007-04-02
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