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Two purple Tephrosia vogelli flowers with cream-color centers covered in raindrops
tephrosia vogelli
Tephrosia vogelli

A shrub that originates from tropical Africa and has been utilized in tropical America as well as South and Southeast Asia​​. Its utility is multifaceted, serving as an organic pesticide, improving soil fertility, and providing medicinal benefits against skin diseases and internal worms. Its leaves, which contain a variety of bioactive compounds, are processed into a juice for tick control on livestock, an application especially valuable in regions where veterinary services are scarce​​. Photographed in Bogotá, Colombia.

A purple Tephrosia vogelli flower with a cream center covered with raindrops
A Tephrosia vogelli inflorescence with purple flowers

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