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The genus Cliffortia (Rosaceae) in KwaZulu-Natal

C. M. Whitehouse
Bothalia | Vol 34, No 1 | a399 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v34i1.399 | © 2004 C. M. Whitehouse | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 29 August 2004 | Published: 02 September 2004

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C. M. Whitehouse, Bolus Herbarium, University of Cape Town, South Africa

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The only area of endemism for Cliffortia L. outside of the Cape Floristic Region (CFR) is centred in the northern KwaZulu- Natal Drakensberg. Eleven species of Cliffortia have been recorded from KwaZulu-Natal and distribution maps are provided for each. Clarification of the circumscription of C. browniana Burtt Davy is discussed and a new species, C dracomon- tana. is described. C. paucistaminea Weim. is subdivided into two varieties: var. australis and var. paucistaniinea Comments on some of the other species that have frequently been misidentified are also provided along with a key to all the species in the area.


area of endemism; Cliffortia L.; Drakensberg; KwaZulu-Natal; Rosaceae


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