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A synopsis of the tribe Desmodieae (Fabaceae) in southern Africa

B. D. Schrire
Bothalia | Vol 18, No 1 | a976 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v18i1.976 | © 1988 B. D. Schrire | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 21 October 1988 | Published: 23 October 1988

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B. D. Schrire, Botanical Research Institute,, South Africa

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Abstract

The tribe Desmodieae has a pantropical distribution and is one of the most advanced tribes in the subfamily Papilionoideae. Its greatest centres of development are in tropical Asia and America. Africa is relatively poorly endowed and only four genera comprising 16 species occur in the flora of southern Africa. Many of these species are widespread in the Old World tropics and the few African endemics appear to be closely related to them. A synopsis of the genera Desmodium, Pseudarthria, Alysicarpus and Lespedeza is given for southern Africa.


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<i>Alysicarpus</i>; <i>Desmodieae</i>; <i>Desmodium</i>; Fabaceae; key; <i>Lespedeza</i>; Papilionoideae; </i>Pseudarthria</i>; southern Africa; synopsis

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