From the indigenous common name for these plants.
Perennial vines with white latex. Leaves herbaceous; mucilage glands present. Corolla salver-shaped; tube cylindrical; lobes free at tips, valvate. Annular and corolline coronas absent; staminal corona of 5 discrete lobes adnate to base of staminal column and side of corolla tube; interstaminal corona absent. Follicles ovoid; seeds with tuft of hairs at one end.
This genus is well known for A. sericifera, Moth Vine, that is both cultivated and widely naturalised in Australia.
Large white or pink, salver-shaped flowers.
About 10 species in S America.
Forster & Bruyns (1992).
Source: (2002). Asclepiadaceae. In: . 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.