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12. Marsdenia R. Br. in Mem. Wern. Soc. 1:28. 1810. Hook. f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 4:34. 1883; Cooke, Fl. Pres. Bomb. reprint ed 229. 1958; Huber in Abeywickrama, Fl. Ceylon 1 (1): 48. 1973.


Twining rarely erect shrubs. Leaves opposite, cordate. Flowers in umbelloid or paniculate cymes. Calyx 5-lobed, lobes ovate-oblong, obtuse. Corolla purple, subcampanulate, puberulous outside, lobes 5, imbricate in bud . Corona single, consisting of 5 flat erect segments, attached to the staminal column. Staminal column arising from or near the base of the corolla. Anthers with connectives produced into membranous appendages ± incumbent on style top. Pollinia 1 in each loculus, erect, without a pellucid margin. Stigma (style apex) depressed, convex, conical or beaked. Follicles with thick pericarp, usually lanceolate, smooth, wrinkled or winged. Seeds comose.

A genus of c. 100 species distributed throughout the tropics and warm temperate zone, represented by 1 species in Pakistan.

Lower Taxon


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