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Genus: Tephrosia

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Rosids > Eurosid I > Fabales > Fabaceae > Subfamily: Papilionoideae

Over 400 species, native to warm regions, with 67 species native to southern Africa.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of southern Africa - an online checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Tephrosia acaciifolia


Tephrosia aequilata

Tephrosia albissima


Tephrosia bachmannii


Tephrosia brummittii


Tephrosia burchellii


Tephrosia caerulea


Tephrosia candida

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Tephrosia capensis


Tephrosia cephalantha


Tephrosia chimanimaniana

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Tephrosia cordata


Tephrosia coronilloides

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Tephrosia dasyphylla

Recorded from Zimbabwe.

Tephrosia decora

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique.


Tephrosia dregeana


Tephrosia elata

Recorded from Zimbabwe.

Tephrosia elegans


Tephrosia elongata


Tephrosia euchroa


Tephrosia euprepes


Tephrosia festina

Recorded from Zimbabwe.

Tephrosia forbesii


Tephrosia glomeruliflora

[= Tephrosia meisneri]


Tephrosia gobensis


Tephrosia gracilenta


Tephrosia grandibracteata

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Tephrosia grandiflora


Tephrosia griseola


Tephrosia inandensis


Tephrosia kraussiana


Tephrosia lepida

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Tephrosia limpopoensis


Tephrosia linearis

Tephrosia longipes

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Tephrosia lupinifolia

Tephrosia macropoda


Tephrosia marginella


Tephrosia micrantha

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Tephrosia monophylla


Tephrosia montana

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique.


Tephrosia multijuga


Tephrosia natalensis


Tephrosia noctiflora


Tephrosia oxygona


Tephrosia pallida


Tephrosia paniculata

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Tephrosia pietersii


Tephrosia polystachya


Tephrosia pondoensis


Tephrosia praecana

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique.


Tephrosia pumila


Tephrosia purpurea

Tephrosia purpurea subsp. leptostachya and Tephrosia purpurea subsp. canescens are native to southern Africa. Tephrosia purpurea subsp. purpurea has been introduced to the region and has become naturalised.


Tephrosia radicans


Tephrosia reptans


Tephrosia retusa


Tephrosia rhodesica

Tephrosia rupicola

See Flora of Zimbabwe, where it is split into two subspecies - T. r. dreweana and T. r. rupicola.


Tephrosia semiglabra


Tephrosia shiluwanensis


Tephrosia stormsii

[= Tephrosia parvifolia]

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Tephrosia subulata


Tephrosia uniflora


Tephrosia villosa


Tephrosia virgata


Tephrosia vogelii

Tephrosia zoutpansbergensis


Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

Information from Glen (2002).

Tephrosia candida (Boga medalo)

Native to tropical regions.



  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.