Strophanthus D C.

From the Greek strophos — a twisted cord, anthos — a flower, alluding to the spiralled tips to the corolla lobes in some species.

Shrubs or scandent scramblers, deciduous or evergreen; latex white. Stems woody, without spines. Leaves opposite or 3-4-whorled, stalked; blade well developed, without colleters at base. Inflorescence terminal, corymbose. Flowers scented, stalked. Corolla bell-shaped or salver-shaped; tube cylindrical; lobes convolute in bud, overlapping to the right, usually much longer than wide. Corolline corona of paired lobes alternate to corolla lobes. Stamens enclosed, weakly attached at base of expanded upper tube but not sticking to style head. Disk absent. Fruit a pair of follicles. Seeds 1 to many, flattened, not winged, with a beaked tuft of hairs at one end and a small deciduous tuft at the other.

Four species are commonly cultivated.



Shrubs or scandent scramblers, corolline corona of paired lobes alternate to corolla lobes.

About 50 species in Africa and Asia.

Codd (1963), Beentje (1982).

Source: Forster, P. (2002). Apocynaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Gentianales
family       Apocynaceae
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