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Published In: On the Asclepiadeae 14. 1810. (Asclepiadeae) Name publication detail

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 6/2/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/3/2011)
Contributor Text: S.I. ALI
General/Distribution: A genus with about a hundred species, distributed in Africa, Spain, Arabia, Middle East, Pakistan and India; represented in Pakistan by the two species.


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Succulent, perennial, branched herbs. Stem erect, branched, 4-angled, glabrous. Leaves small caducous. Flowers single or few or many-flowered sessile lateral cymes or many-flowered inflorescence from the top of the stem. Calyx 5-partite, lobes ovate to linear-lanceolate, Corolla purple or yellowish with purple streaks, rotate or broadly campanulate, 5-lobed, valvate in bud. Corona double, attached to the staminal column; the outer corona of 5 deeply bifid segments; the innner corona of 5 linear segments incumbent on the anthers. Staminal column short, arising from the base of the corolla; anthers without appendages. Pollen mass 1 in each anther cell, with a pellucid margin. Follicles 9-11 cm long, narrowly fusiform, smooth.

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1 Stem angular, flowers in terminal cymes 2 Caralluma tuberculata
+ Stem tapering, subterete. Flowers in pairs on long pedicels in the axil of scale leaves 1 Caralluma edulis
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