Urceola Roxb.

From the Latin urceolus — a little pitcher, alluding to the shape of the flowers.

Twiners or lianas, evergreen; latex white. Stems woody, without spines. Leaves opposite, stalked; blade well developed, mucilage glands absent at base. Inflorescence terminal or axillary, paniculiform. Flowers scented, stalked. Corolla bell- to urn-shaped; tube bell-shaped; lobes convolute in bud, overlapping to the right. Corolline corona absent. Stamens enclosed, attached near base of corolla tube, converging and sticking to style head. Disk annular or of 5 lobes. Fruit of separate carpels, of 2 woody follicles, tapering to each end, terete, dehiscent ventrally. Seeds numerous, narrow-elliptic, flattened, not winged, comose at micropylar end.

One species is cultivated.


Twiners, leaves opposite, flowers less than 5 mm long.

About 25 species in Asia and Malesia.

Middleton (1996).

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.

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