publication . Doctoral thesis . 2012

A taxonomic revision of the genus Rafnia Thunb. (Fabaceae, Crotalarieae)

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  • Published: 16 Aug 2012
  • Country: South Africa
Abstract
M.Sc. A taxonomic revision of the genus Rafnia Thunb. (= Oedmannia Thunb., Vascoa DC., Pelecynthis E. Mey), a relatively poorly known papilionoid legume genus, is presented. Rafnia (family Fabaceae, tribe Crotalarieae) is subendemic to the fynbos region of the Western and Eastern Cape Provinces of South Africa, with one species having a distribution area reaching into KwaZulu-Natal. The species delimitation has been unsatisfactory, and the relationships among the taxa uncertain. Rafnia is divided into two sections and 19 species are recognized, compared with the 22 species previously distinguished by Harvey (1862). There are five new species and four species are...
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free text keywords: Crotalaria -- Africa, Southern, Legumes -- Africa, Southern
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