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Rhynchosia is a large and diverse genus in the subfamily Faboideae, tribe Phaseoleae, subtribe Cajaninae of the Leguminosae. It consists of nearly 200 species and is distributed in warm temperate and tropical regions of both eastern and western hemispheres. They occur as herbs, sub-shrubs or vines, and the horticultural potential of some twining species with numerous large, showy flowers or attractive foliage has been largely neglected.. This treatment, restricted primarily to the species indigenous to the western hemisphere, recognizes 59 taxa, comprising 51 species and 8 varieties. Includes keys, descriptions, distribution maps, and black and white illustrations.
John Wesley Grear (1937-1980? ) was a Graduate student of Howard Irwin at The New York Botanical Garden/Columbia University; and he received a Ph.D. in 1968 for his revision of Eriosema. He became Associate Professor and Curator, Department of Botany, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada. He left academia and moved to San Francisco in the mid-1970s and passed-on in the 1980's. John Wesley Grear Jr.'s Author Page