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Tephrosia sphaerospora F.Muell.
Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Faboideae
Tephrosia sphaerospora F.Muell. APNI*

Description: Prostrate or erect subshrub to 30 cm high, stems yellowish to greyish, densely pubescent.

Leaves 10–16 cm long; leaflets 5–9 (sometimes 3 on lower leaves), linear to lanceolate, 20–70 mm long, 1–9 mm wide, upper surface sparsely pubescent, lower surface silky and paler; petiole 15–60 mm long; stipules subulate.

Racemes 2–4-flowered, flowers clustered near apex of peduncle that lengthens up to 10 c. in fruit. Calyx 3–4 mm long, pubescent; teeth subulate, 1.5–2 mm long. Corolla 5–7 mm long, yellowish green.

Pod linear, compressed, 20–40 mm long, 4–5 mm wide, sometimes slightly curved.


Distribution and occurrence: in Mulga woodland, chiefly north and west of Walgett.
NSW subdivisions: NWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld W.A. S.A.
AVH map***

Text by Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)


APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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