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Ophrestia madagascariensis

A member of the pea and bean family, Ophrestia madagascariensis is a perennial vine that is only found in northwestern Madagascar.
Ophrestia madagascariensis specimen detail

Detail of a herbarium specimen of Ophrestia madagascariensis showing flowers and immature fruit.

Species information

Scientific name: 

Ophrestia madagascariensis (F.J.Herm.) Verdc.

Common name: 

vagotry, vahivolo (Malagasy)

Conservation status: 

Near Threatened (NT) according to IUCN Red List criteria.


Dry deciduous woodland, woodland margins, grassland, degraded or secondary forest.

Key Uses: 

None known.

Known hazards: 

None known.


Leguminosae/Fabaceae - Papilionoideae
Genus: Ophrestia

About this species

A perennial vine from northwestern Madagascar, Ophrestia madagascariensis is a member of the pea and bean family (Leguminosae/Fabaceae). The genus Ophrestia was described in 1948 by Helena Forbes. The name Ophrestia is an anagram of Tephrosia and was presumably used because the foliage of Ophrestia resembles that of some Tephrosia species. The genus Ophrestia contains about 16 species, most of which are found in mainland Africa, with four in Madagascar and three in Indochina.


Paraglycine madagascariensis F.J.Herm.


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