Stigmaphyllon A.Juss.

Greek stigma, phyllon — leaf, the stigma being expanded and leaf-like.

Woody climbing plants. Leaves opposite, simple, entire, toothed or lobed, generally with 2 glands on the leaf stalks; stipules minute or absent. Flowers yellow, in flat-topped clusters. Calyx 5-parted with 2 glands on the outer sepals. Petals 5, unequal, with long, narrow bases. Stamens 10, 6 fertile, united at the base. Ovary with 3 chambers. Fruit of 1-3 samaras.

Vines grown for the formal foliage and unusual brightly coloured ornamental flowers, continuous over a long flowering period.

70-100 species from tropical America and the Caribbean.


Climbing plants, the flower petals yellow and with long, narrowed, stalk-like bases.

Anderson (1997).

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Malpighiaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Malpighiales
family       Malpighiaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Stigmaphyllon ciliatum A.Juss.