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20. Cryptolepis R.Br. in Mem. Wern. Soc. 1:69. 1810. Hook.f., Fl. But. Ind. 4:5. 1883; Parker, For. Fl. Punj. ed. 2.341. 1924; Cooke, Fl. Pres. Bomb. reprint. ed. 2: 210. 1958.


Usually twining shrub, glabrous. Leaves opposite. Flowers small, in lateral paniculate cymes. Calyx 5-partite, with 5 scales within. Corolla campanulate, lobes 5, imbricate to the right in bud. Corona of 5 processes or lobes arising from about the middle of the corolla tube. Staminal corona absent. Filaments free, broad, inserted towards the base of the corolla tube; anthers sagittate, connivent over the dilated part of the style. Pollen masses granular, cohering in pairs in each cell. Pollen carriers narrow. Stigma conical. Follicles 2, terete, smooth. seeds comose.

A genus of c. 12 species, distributed in tropical Asia and Africa. Only one species in known from Pakistan.

Lower Taxon


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