6791.000 Asclepias L.



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

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 North and Central America; some naturalised in the Old World

Zambia: 13 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
amabilis N.E. Br.N
ameliae S. Moore[LR-lc]W,CCb,CDescription, Image
aurea (Schltr.) Schltr.N,WNwDescription, Image
buchwaldii (Schltr. & K. Schum.) De Wild.N
crassicoronata GoyderN
foliosa (K. Schum.) HiernB,N,W,C,S
fulva N.E. Br.NImage
grandirandii GoyderN
longissima GoyderN
minor (S. Moore) GoyderC,S
palustris (K. Schum.) Schltr.B,N,W,C,EDescription, Image
randii S. MooreN,WNw,N,McDescription, Image
stathmostelmoides GoyderN,W,S

Other sources of information about Asclepias:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Asclepias
Flora of Caprivi: Asclepias
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Asclepias
Flora of Malawi: Asclepias
Flora of Mozambique: Asclepias
Flora of Zimbabwe: Asclepias
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Asclepias

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Asclepias
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Asclepias
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Asclepias
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Asclepias
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Asclepias
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Asclepias
JSTOR Plant Science: Asclepias
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Asclepias
Plants of the World Online: Asclepias
Tropicos: Asclepias
Wikipedia: Asclepias

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Asclepias.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1140, retrieved 28 November 2023

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