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Pakistan | Family List | Apocynaceae

1. Acokanthera G. Don, Gen. Syst. 4:485. 1837. Benth. & Hook. f., Gen. Pl. 2:696. 1876; Bailey, St. Cyclop. Hort. 1:246.1947; Bor & Raizada, Some Beaut. Ind. Climb. & Shr. 203.1954.


Shrub or small tree. Leaves coriaceous, obliquely penninerved. Inflorescence an axillary subracemose, clustered cyme with sessile to subsessile flowers. Flowers white or pink, fragrant. Sepals 5, free, eglandular. Corolla 5-lobed, hypocrateriform; throat dilated; tube cylindrical. Stamens 5, attached at apex of the tube; anthers lanceolate-ovate, obtuse or acute, not connivent with stigma; connective larger than the anther, and projected into a point. Disc absent. Style filiform; stigma oblong, 2-lobed. Ovule 1-4 in each locule. Fruit berry, globose 1-2 seeded.

The genus includes about 15 species distributed mainly in South Africa, Tropical East Africa and Arabia. Represented in Pakistan by one cultivated species.

Lower Taxon

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