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Electronic Flora of South Australia genus Fact Sheet

Family: Asclepiadaceae
Cynanchum

Citation: L., Sp. Pl. 212 (1753).

Derivation: Greek kyon, a dog; anchb, to throttle; alluding to supposed poisonous properties of some European species.

Synonymy: Not Applicable

Common name: None

Description:
Shrubs with twining branches; leaves opposite, petiolate, cordate, lanceolate or deltoid.

Inflorescence of irregular cymes or umbelliform; calyx 5-lobed; corona a loose membranous tube with 20 lobes, the 10 outer ones parallel to the gynostegium, the 10 inner ones at right angles to them, longer than the anthers; anthers with a terminal membranous appendage; pollen masses pendulous; stigmatic head usually convex.

follicles 1-3 per peduncle; seeds comose.

Distribution:  Up to 150 species worldwide; c. 10 species in Australia.

Biology: No text

Author: Not yet available


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