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Species Information

Tephrosia natalensis H.M.L.Forbes subsp. natalensis
(name current 2016)
(Tephrosia apiculata)


Growth form: Shrub
Restricted distribution within southern Africa

Red Data Book Information:
Status: DD Distribution: Evelyn Baring Bridge, Tshaneni, Mankaiana Recorded in Swaziland by Compton.

Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Tephrosia apiculata - Herbaceous, branches spreading at base, almost hairiess. Stem ridged; leaves up to 10 cm long, stalk c 2 cm long, stipules very narrow, pointed, 1 cm long; leaflets two or three pairs, lance-shaped, flat, tapering to base and tip, with short sharp straight point, up to 5 cm long x 1,4 cm wide. Flowers few, large, widely spaced, singly or in pairs, on axis reaching 15 cm long; calyx c 5 mm long including narrow lobes, hairy; corolla deep pink, up to 2 cm long, standard thinly hairy; pod flat, straight, with narrow thickened edges, up to 6 cm long x 6 mm wide, very thinly hairy when mature.

* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.

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