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Tephrosia lindheimeri Gray
Lindheimer's hoarypea, Hoary Pea, Lindheimer tephrosia
USDA Symbol: TELI
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
This species is named after Ferdinand Jacob Lindheimer (1801-1879) who is often called the Father of Texas Botany because of his work as the first permanent-resident plant collector in Texas. In 1834 Lindheimer immigrated to the United States as a political refugee. He spent from 1843-1852 collecting specimens in Texas. In 1844 he settled in New Braunfels, Texas, and was granted land on the banks of the Comal River, where he continued his plant collecting and attempted to establish a botanical garden. He shared his findings with many others who shared his interest in botany, including Ferdinand von Roemer and Adolph Scheele. Lindheimer is credited with the discovery of several hundred plant species. In addition his name is used to designate forty-eight species and subspecies of plants. He is buried in New Braunfels. His house, on Comal Street in New Braunfels, is now a museum.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Subshrub Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
TX Native Habitat:
Prairie, Plains, Meadows, Pastures, Savannahs, Chaparral & brush country USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use:
Low Light Requirement:
Part Shade Soil Moisture:
Dry Soil Description:
Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam Conditions Comments:
Growth habit is generally prostrate,
but stems will reach up to about ten inches. Needs very well drained soil. Forms a tap
root and is difficult to transplant from the wild. Easy to grow from seeds in fall.
Showy, Ground cover, Blooms ornamental, Attractive, Perennial
garden Use Wildlife:
Nectar-Bees, Nectar-Butterflies, Seeds-Granivorous birds, Seeds-Small mammals Warning:
Leaves, twigs, and seeds inside fleshy berries are all poisonous if eaten, and potentially fatal. Sensitivity to a toxin varies with a personís age, weight, physical condition, and individual susceptibility. Children are most vulnerable because of their curiosity and small size. Toxicity can vary in a plant according to season, the plantís different parts, and its stage of growth; and plants can absorb toxic substances, such as herbicides, pesticides, and pollutants from the water, air, and soil. Conspicuous Flowers:
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Stengl Biological Research Station
- Smithville, TX
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-RLU-1
Collected 2009-07-08 in Burnet County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
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Record Modified: 2010-02-22
Research By: LAL, LAS