from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A genus of leguminous shrubby plants and herbs, mostly found in tropical countries, a few herbaceous species being North American. The foliage is often ashy-pubescent, whence the name.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of papilionaceous plants, of the tribe Galegeæ, type of the subtribe Tephrosieæ.
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- n. genus of tropical and subtropical herbs or shrubs: hoary peas
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Much of the above - ground portion of the plant can be used as an insecticide, although there are plants better suited to this preparation (such as Tephrosia).
Elsewhere in the inter-montane areas, the vegetation is sparse, mainly Fagonia bruguieri, Zygophyllum simplex, Cornulaca monocantha, Citrullus colocynthis, Tephrosia and Indigofera spp. and the grasses Stipagrostis pungens and S. plumosa.
Large wadis areas radiate from the southwestern slopes supporting tree species such as the doum palm (Hyphaene thebaica), Salvadora persica, Tamarix articulata, Acacia nilotica adstringens and Acacia albida, and other tropical herbs in the genera Abutilon, Hibiscus, Rhynchosia and Tephrosia.
Other exports are caoutchouc, ebony (of which the best comes from the Congo), and camwood or barwood (a Tephrosia).
Samuel Ratnam in Singapore sent a technical note on Tephrosia vogelii.
I've found a shrub that seems to be much better though, fish bean or Tephrosia vogelii.
Green Manure Crops can be Tephrosia, Sesbania, Crotalaria solely or as a mixture.
Tephrosia no seed treatment direct planting by seeds
Leucaena diversifolia, Desmodium gyroides, Desmodium rensonil and Tephrosia candida can be used.
PRABNAKAR, V.S. and MADAN, C.L. (1972) Tephrosia vogelii alternative source for vegetablebased insecticides.