Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Tephrosia virginiana (L.) Pers. image
Photographer: Emily J. Lain           

Botanical Illustration

Kenneth J. Sytsma

Emily J. Lain

Merel R. Black

Merel R. Black

Merel R. Black

Richard Vogt

Robert W. Freckmann
Family Fabaceae
Tephrosia virginiana (L.) Pers.
goat's-rue, rabbit-pea, Virginia tephrosia
Tephrosia: Greek tephros meaning "ash-colored or hoary"
virginiana: of Virginia
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Status: Native
Plant: erect to drooping, perennial, 8"-28" tall forb; 1 to several, usually unbranched stems with dense, fine hairs; long roots
Flower: pink and yellow, 5-parted, 1/2"-3/4" long; inflorescence a 1"-2" tall, stalked cluster (raceme) of stalked flowers; blooms June-July
Fruit:long, narrow, hairy pods coiling when open
Leaf:pinnately-divided into an odd number (15-25) of leaflets
Habitat: dry to moderate moisture; woods, inland sands, prairies; in sandy soil

More Information Natural Communities Herbarium Specimens
All Tephrosia list Ethnobotany Information Google- Images or Text
Cracca latidens Small
Cracca mohrii Rydb.
Cracca virginiana L.
Tephrosia holosericea Nutt.
Tephrosia latidens (Small) Standl.
Tephrosia mohrii (Rydb.) Godfrey
Tephrosia virginiana (L.) Pers. var. glabra Nutt.
Tephrosia virginiana (L.) Pers. var. holosericea (Nutt.) Torr. & A.Gray
Tephrosia virginiana (L.) Pers. var. virginiana

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