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Pakistan | Family List | Asclepiadaceae

1. Asclepias Linn., Sp. Pl. 214. 1753. Gen. Pl. ed. 5. 102. 1754; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 4:18.1883; Spellman in Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 62(1): 110. 1975; Stevens in Saldanha & Nicolson, Fl. Hassan Dist. 439. 1976.


Erect perennial or annual herbs. Leaves opposite or verticillate. Cymes umbellate. Flowers coloured. Calyx 5-lobed, usually with 5-10 glandular structures at the base of the sinuses. Corolla reflex-rotate, 5-lobed. Corona usually of 5 stipitate tubular segments (hoods) attached to the top of gynostegium stipe; from within each of the hoods a horn arises which arches over the gynostegium. Anthers terminated by an inflexed membrane; pollinia oblong, 2 per anther, pendulous in the anther thecae. Stigma flattened, 5-angled or lobed. Follicles acuminate. Seeds comose.

A genus with c. 120 species, principally centred in North and South America; represented in Pakistan by the following species.

Lower Taxon


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