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23. Periploca Linn., Sp. Pl. 211. 1753. Gen. Pl. ed. 5.100. 1754; Boiss., Fl. Or. 4:49.1879; Hook. F., Fl. Brit. Ind. 4:11.1883; Parker, For. Fl. Punj. Ed. 3338.1956; Cooke, Fl. Pres. Bomb. Reprint ed. 2:211. 1958; Browicz in Arab. Korn, 11:5-104. 1966; Rech. F., Fl. Iran. 73:2.1970.


Erect or twining glabrous shrubs. Leaves (when present). Opposite. Flowers in lax axillary or terminal cymes. Calyx 5-partite, with 5 glands on the inner side. Corolla rotate, lobes 5, usually bearded within. Corona single, a 10-lobed ring arising from the corolla a little above the stamens, often with 5 free awned segments. Stamens 5, filaments short, broad, free, anthers bearded, adjacent but not adnate to the stigma, pollen grains in tetrads. Follicles cylindrical smooth. Seeds comose.

A genus with 10 species, distributed in north and tropical Africa, Orient and East Asia; represented in Pakistan by 3 species.

1 Leaf > 5 mm broad   1 Periploca calophylla
+ Leaf < 3 mm broad   (2)
2 (1) Stem erect, stiff, corolla purple   2 Periploca aphylla
+ Stem twining, branches wiry, tortuous. Corolla bright yellow   3 Periploca hydaspidis

Lower Taxa

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