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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Rosids
Cladus: Eurosids I
Ordo: Fabales

Familia: Fabaceae
Subfamilia: Faboideae
Tribus: Crotalarieae
Genus: Rafnia
Species: R. acuminata – R. affinis – R. alata – R. amplexicaulisR. angulata – R. axillaris – R. capensis - R. crassifolia – R. crispa – R. cuneifolia – R. diffusa – R. ecklonis – R. elliptica – R. erecta – R. gibba – R. globosa – R. inaequalis – R. lancea – R. lebeckioides – R. opposita – R. ovataR. racemosa – R. retroflexa – R. rostrata – R. schlechteriana – R. spicata – R. triflora – R. virens – R. vlokii

Source(s) of checklist:

Rafnia Thunb.

Oedmannia Thunb.
Pelecynthis E.Mey.
Vascoa DC.

Native distribution areas:

Continental: Africa
Regional: Southern Africa
Cape Provinces, KwaZulu-Natal

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition
Primary references

Thunberg, C.P. 1800. Prodromus Plantarum Capensium, quas in promontorio Bonae Spei Africes, annis 1772–1775, collegit Carol. Pet. Thunberg. Pars posterior pp. [85] 191. Uppsala, J. Edman. BHL Reference page. : 144


Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Rafnia in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2020 Nov 04. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2020. Rafnia. Published online. Accessed: Nov 04 2020. 2020. Rafnia. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 04 Nov 2020.
Catalogue of Life: 2021 Annual Checklist

Vernacular names

Rafnia is a genus of flowering plants in the family Fabaceae. It belongs to the subfamily Faboideae.

Rafnia comprises the following species:[1][2][3]

Rafnia acuminata (E. Mey.) G. J. Campbell & B.-E. van Wyk
Rafnia affinis Harv.
Rafnia amplexicaulis Thunb.
Rafnia angulata Thunb.
Rafnia capensis (L.) Druce
subsp. calycina G. J. Campbell & B.-E. van Wyk
subsp. capensis (L.) Druce
subsp. carinata G. J. Campbell & B.-E. van Wyk
subsp. dichotoma (Eckl. & Zeyh.) G. J. Campbell & B.-E. van Wyk
subsp. elsieae G. J. Campbell & B.-E. van Wyk
subsp. ovata (P. J. Bergius) G. J. Campbell & B.-E. van Wyk
subsp. pedicellata G. J. Campbell & B.-E. van Wyk
Rafnia crassifolia Harv.
Rafnia crispa C.H. Stirt.
Rafnia diffusa Thunb.
Rafnia divaricata Eckl. & Zeyh.
Rafnia elliptica Thunb.
Rafnia ericifolia T.M. Salter
Rafnia fastigiata Eckl. & Zeyh.
Rafnia globosa G. J. Campbell & B.-E. van Wyk
Rafnia humilis Eckl. & Zeyh.
Rafnia lancea DC.
Rafnia racemosa Eckl. & Zeyh.
Rafnia retroflexa Thunb.
Rafnia spicata Thunb.
Rafnia thunbergii Harv.
Rafnia triflora Thunb.
Rafnia virens E. Mey.


Campbell GJ, Van Wyk BE (2001). "A taxonomic revision of Rafnia (Fabaceae, Crotalarieae)". S Afr J Bot. 67 (2): 90–149. doi:10.1016/S0254-6299(15)31112-1.
"ILDIS LegumeWeb entry for Rafnia". International Legume Database & Information Service. Cardiff School of Computer Science & Informatics. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
USDA; ARS; National Genetic Resources Program. "GRIN species records of Rafnia". Germplasm Resources Information Network—(GRIN) [Online Database]. National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. Retrieved 12 March 2014.

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