1. Family: Fabaceae Lindl.
    1. Rafnia Thunb.

      1. This genus is accepted, and its native range is S. Africa.

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    Legumes of the World. Edited by G. Lewis, B. Schrire, B. MacKinder & M. Lock. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. (2005)

    Habit
    Shrubs or suffrutices
    Ecology
    Mediterranean shrubland (mainly fynbos) and grassland, mostly in rocky and sandy places
    Distribution
    Africa (sub-endemic to the Cape Region of South Africa, extending slightly eastwards to KwaZulu-Natal Province)
    Note
    Several studies, based on morphological and molecular characters, have shown Rafnia to be closely related to Aspalathus. The genus is easily recognised but infrageneric relationships are not yet resolved; species identification and circumscription have hitherto been complicated by superficial similarities between unrelated species and by extreme geographical variation, resulting in distinct regional forms within species (Campbell & Van Wyk, 2001)
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    Use
    Leaves of some species have been used for making a tannin-rich herbal tea and the roots of others (notably R. amplexicaulis (L.) Thunb. or 'soethoutbossie' ) have a bitter-sweet taste and were an early Cape substitute for liquorice; also used as ornamentals, for medicine, soil binders and ground cover

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Cape Provinces, KwaZulu-Natal

    Rafnia Thunb. appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Nov. Gen. Pl.: 144 (1800)

    Sources

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2018. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2018. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Legumes of the World Online
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