Taxon: Tephrosia virginiana (L.) Pers.

Genus: Tephrosia
Family: Fabaceae (alt.Leguminosae)
  Subfamily: Faboideae
      Tribe: Millettieae
Nomen number: 80184
Place of publication: Syn. pl. 2(2):329. 1807
Name Verified on: 31-Aug-1987 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 06-Feb-2004
Species priority site is: Plant Genetic Resources Conservation Unit, Griffin, GA (S9)
Accessions: 13 in National Plant Germplasm System (GoogleMap)

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (fide Dict Gard; Hortus 3)
  • Medicines: folklore (fide CRC MedHerbs ed2; Herbs Commerce ed2)

Distributional Range:


  • Northern America

    • Eastern Canada: Canada - Ontario
    • North-Central U.S.A.: United States - Illinois, - Iowa, - Kansas, - Missouri, - Oklahoma, - Wisconsin
    • Northeastern U.S.A.: United States - Massachusetts, - Michigan, - New Hampshire, - New York, - Pennsylvania, - West Virginia
    • South-Central U.S.A.: United States - Texas
    • Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - Alabama, - Arkansas, - Florida, - Georgia, - Maryland, - North Carolina, - South Carolina, - Virginia

  • Cultivated:

    . also cult.


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  • Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium Hortus third. 1976 (Hortus 3)
  • McGregor, R. L. et al. (The Great Plains Flora Association) Flora of the Great Plains. 1986 (F GPlains)
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  • Wood, C. E. 1949. The American barbistyled species of Tephrosia (Leguminosae) (Rhodora) 51:267.


Check other web resources for Tephrosia virginiana (L.) Pers. :

  • PLANTS: USDA-NRCS Database of Plants of the United States and its Territories
  • BONAP North American Plant Atlas of the Biota of North America Program:
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • ILDIS: International Legume Database & Information Service
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.