6791.000 Asclepias L.

ODONTOSTELMA Rendle

TRACHYCALYMMA Bullock

Goyder, D.J. (2001) A revision of the tropical African genus Trachycalymma (K. Schum.) Bullock Kew Bulletin 56 129-161

Goyder, D.J. (2007) Zimbabwean Asclepiadaceae. Unpublished list.

Goyder, D.J. (2009) A synopsis of Asclepias (Apocynaceae: Asclepiadoideae) in tropical Africa Kew Bulletin 64 369 - 399

Description of the genus

Shrubs or herbs, with milky latex. Leaves opposite or whorled; axils of leaves without bristles. Inflorescences erect, umbellate; flowers all opening ± simultaneously. Corolla with short tube, 5-lobed. Corona of 5 lobes, arising from near base of staminal column, flat with lateral margins folded forwards to form a cavity. Anthers 2-locular, appendaged. Follicles usually 1. Seeds with tuft of hairs.

Derivation of name: named after Aesculapius, the ancient Greek god of medicine

Worldwide: 100 species in N and C America; some naturalised in the Old World

Zimbabwe: 13 taxa.

Asclepias densiflora

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesLinks to mapsFZ divisionsContent
adscendens (Schltr.) Schltr.E
aurea (Schltr.) Schltr.W,C,E,SDescription, Image
cucullata (Schltr.) Schltr. subsp. cucullata N,EDescription
cucullata (Schltr.) Schltr. subsp. scabrifolia (S. Moore) GoyderEDescription, Image
curassavica L.N,W,C,EDescription, Image
densiflora N.E. Br.W,C,E,SDescription, Image
eminens (Harv.) Schltr.N,C,E,SDescription, Image
fimbriata Weim.[NrEnd?][DD]EDescription, Image
fulva N.E. Br.N,C,EDescription, Image
graminifolia (Wild) Goyder[End][LR-nt]EDescription
minor (S. Moore) GoyderC
palustris (K. Schum.) Schltr.N,C,EDescription
randii S. MooreC,E,S

Other sources of information about Asclepias:

Our websites:

Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Asclepias
Flora of Mozambique: Asclepias
Flora of Zambia: Asclepias

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Asclepias
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Asclepias
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Asclepias
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Asclepias
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Asclepias

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Asclepias.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1140, retrieved 23 October 2014

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