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Tephrosia chimanimaniana

A Near Threatened shrub belonging to the pea and bean family, Tephrosia chimanimaniana is restricted to the Chimanimani Mountains in eastern Zimbabwe.
Tephrosia chimanimaniana

Detail of a herbarium specimen of Tephrosia chimanimaniana collected from Zimbabwe by H. Wild in 1954.

Species information

Scientific name: 

Tephrosia chimanimaniana Brummitt

Conservation status: 

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


Montane grassland, on quartzite.

Key Uses: 

None known.

Known hazards: 

None known (although other members of the genus Tephrosia are known to be poisonous to fish).


Leguminosae/Fabaceae - Papilionoideae
Genus: Tephrosia

About this species

Tephrosia chimanimaniana is a perennial shrub belonging to the pea and bean family (Leguminosae). It is most closely related to T. grandibracteata, a somewhat larger shrub restricted to the broad Nyanga area in eastern to central Zimbabwe.

The generic name is derived from the Greek word tephros, meaning ‘ash-coloured’, referring to the greyish tint of the leaves resulting from their dense trichomes (hairs). The specific epithet chimanimaniana refers to the region in which it is found – the Chimanimani Mountains.


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