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  1. Family: Apocynaceae Juss.
    1. Periploca Tourn. ex L.

      1. This genus is accepted, and its native range is Macaronesia, Medit. to Mauritania, Ethiopia to S. Tropical Africa, W. & Central Asia to Arabian Peninsula Indian Subcontinent to Russian Far East and Indo-China.


    Apocynaceae (part 2), David Goyder, Timothy Harris, Siro Masinde, Ulrich Meve, Johan Venter. Flora of Tropical East Africa, 2012

    Shrub, scrambler or liana with white latex
    Leaves persistent or soon falling, opposite, broadly elliptic, linear-elliptic, broadly ovate or linear-ovate, sometimes bracteate.
    Inflorescences terminal, compact to lax, few to many-flowered
    Sepals mostly with paired colleters at inner base
    Corolla tube saucer-shaped; lobes glabrous to villous, inside with or without dark coloured glandular centres and densely puberulous white spots
    Gynostegial corona absent Corolline corona inserted at mouth of the corolla tube, lobes simple, undivided or bi- or tri-segmented; undivided lobes filiform, linear or ovate, apically simple, bi-fid or tetra-fid; bi-segmented lobes subulate; trisegmented lobes with central segment filiform or linear, apically simple or bifid, lateral segments fleshy, ovoid-deltoid and fused to inside base of corolla lobes, basally fused with staminal filaments
    Stamens inserted directly below corona lobes.
    Anthers villous or hirsute, pollen in tetrads
    Interstaminal nectaries fused with staminal filaments, lobular
    Style-head ovoid to broadly ovoid, translators with receptacle, stalk and sticky disc
    Gynostegium exposed from corolla
    Follicles paired, linear-ovoid to very narrowly ovoid, narrowly to horizontally divergent



    Native to:

    Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Assam, Bulgaria, Burundi, Canary Is., Cape Verde, China North-Central, China South-Central, China Southeast, Cyprus, East Aegean Is., East Himalaya, Egypt, Ethiopia, Greece, Gulf States, India, Inner Mongolia, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Kenya, Kriti, Lebanon-Syria, Libya, Malawi, Manchuria, Mauritania, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, North Caucasus, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Primorye, Qinghai, Romania, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Selvagens, Sicilia, Sinai, Socotra, Somalia, Spain, Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tibet, Transcaucasus, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkey-in-Europe, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, West Himalaya, Western Sahara, Xinjiang, Yemen, Yugoslavia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Introduced into:

    Connecticut, France, Kansas, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode I., Tennessee, Texas

    Accepted Species


    Other Data

    Periploca Tourn. ex L. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Buchanan-Hamilton, F. [Cat. no. s.n.], West Bengal K001132424
    Buchanan-Hamilton, F. [Cat. no. s.n.], India K001132425
    Buchanan-Hamilton, F. [Cat. no. s.n.], Assam K001132426


    First published in Sp. Pl.: 211 (1753)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (2019). World Checklist of Vascular Plants (WCVP Database) The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.


    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • S. Afr. Journ. Bot. 63: 123–128 (1997)
    • Arb. Korn. 11: 5–104 (1966)
    • F.T.A. 4(1): 256 (1902)
    • Sp. Pl.: 211 (1753)


    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa

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