Tephrosia noctiflora Baker

Etymology Genus Ash coloured; referring to grey down on leaves
Species Night-blooming
Family Fabaceae
Synonyms -
Common Names Petai Balong Kecil
Status Exotic: Naturalised
Form Shrub
Native Distribution Africa


Tephrosia noctiflora is a shrub to 2m tall. The compound leaves are imparipinnate, with each leaflet narrow and smokey green, especially from the underside. The inflorescenes are white with a pink centre, and only opens towards the evening.

Interesting Facts:

Petai Balong Kecil is used as a cover crop and green manure plant. It is also sometimes planted as a contour hedge; and used as fish poison (Sosef & van der Maesen, 2016).

A wild Petai Balong Kecil growing out of a cultivated bush outside Hougang Mall (2020).

Compound leaf.

Leaflets underside.




Sosef MSM & van der Maesen LJG (2016) Tephrosia noctiflora (PROSEA). Plant Resources of South East Asia. https://uses.plantnet-project.org/en/Category:PROSEA. Accessed on 10-Jul-2020.

Author: Jake
Posted: 2020-07-09 / Modified: 2020-07-10