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:

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Flora of Botswana: Asclepias
Flora of Caprivi: Asclepias
Flora of Malawi: Asclepias
Flora of Mozambique: Asclepias
Flora of Zimbabwe: Asclepias
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated 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
Wikipedia: Asclepias
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Asclepias
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Asclepias

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-22

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2022). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Asclepias.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1140, retrieved 2 October 2022

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