Tephrosia species unidentified

Tephrosia is a genus of about 100 species of mainly herbs and sub-shrubs widely dispersed around the world in warmer climes.  [RHSD].  Macarthur’s Tephrosia sp. is possibly Tephrosia grandiflora (L’Hére. ex Ait.) Pers., from South Africa, the only species naturalised in the Sydney area.  [Beadle].  This is a frost-tender evergreen shrub with pinnate leaves composed of up to 7 pairs of lance-shaped leaflets, to 2cm long, and short terminal or axillary racemes of red to purple, pea-like flowers.  To 1m.  [RHSD, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Tephrosia grandiflora was introduced to Britain in 1774.  [JD]. 

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [T.961/1843].


Published Dec 26, 2009 - 10:35 AM | Last updated Jul 21, 2010 - 02:35 PM

More details about Tephrosia species unidentified
Family Fabaceae
Region of origin

Probably South Africa

Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Tephrosia sp. 

Confidence level low