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Tephrosia rosea, commonly called Flinder River Poison, is a low-growing shrub used to help restore landscapes at the Argyle Diamond Mine in Western Australia, operated by Rio Tinto Mining. This plant is happy to exist on windswept, rugged limestone where it grows to about 30 cm. It is also found in monsoon forest and vine thicket.

The leaves are densely clothed in pale tightly-pressed hairs. The "fruits" are 30 mm long pods clothed in silky hairs. The flowers (about 7 mm in diameter) are various shades of pink.

The species has been used as a fish poison, hense its nick-name. However, there is no evidence it is toxic to livestock.

The illustration was created by NORTH DOWNS BOTANICAL ARTIST Elizabeth Farrar for the PLANTS THAT RESTORE collection housed at Kew Gardens. The image was based on a herbarium specimen collected by Kew Gardens in 1986 from Barred Creek, Western Australia.

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