Caralluma R.Br.

First published in Asclepiadeae: 14 (1810)
This genus is accepted
The native range of this genus is Tropical Africa, Arabian Peninsula, India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar.


Native to:

Benin, Burkina, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen


Heterotypic Synonyms


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POWO follows these authorities in accepting this name:

  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, Vol 3, (2006) Author: by J. Lavranos [updated by M. Thulin 2008]
  • Gilbert in Bradleya 8: 1–32 (1990)
  • Meve & Liede in Plant Syst. Evol. 234: 171–209 (2002).
  • Plowes in Haseltonia 3: 49–70 (1995)

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Asclepiadeae: 14 (1810)
  • Mem. Wern. Nat. Hist. Soc. 1: 25 (1811)
  • Meve, Pl. Syst. Evol. 234: 195 (2002)

Other Data

Other Kew resources that provide information on this taxon:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Gillett, J.B. [13782] Kenya K:SPC-31278.000 No
Gillett, J.B. [12634] K:SPC-29842.000 No
Bally [349.63] South Africa K:SPC-25824.000 No
Gloves [2672] Kenya K:SPC-30789.000 No
Bally, P.R.O. [12086] Kenya K:SPC-35097.000 No
Dinter [8146] South Africa K000305741 Unknown Type Material Yes
Dinter [8146] South Africa K000305742 Unknown Type Material Yes
Collenette, J.S. [8993] Saudi Arabia K:SPC-57091.000 No
Jonkers, H.A. [20-22] Oman K:SPC-57153.000 No
Wickers, G.E. [951] Sudan K:SPC-33213.000 No
Tanzania K:SPC-03966.000 No
Bally [S 189] K:SPC-58435.000 No
Gillett, J.B. [14149] K:SPC-31183.000 No
Zimbabwe K:SPC-05297.000 No
s.coll. [Cat. no. 8146] K001129076 Unknown Type Material Yes
Radcliffe-Smith, A. [5432] Oman K:SPC-43349.000 No
Lavranos; Newton [13138] Yemen K:SPC-53607.000 No
s.coll. [Cat. no. 8146] K001129078 Unknown Type Material Yes
K:SPC-27618.000 No
s.coll. [Cat. no. 8146] K001129073 Unknown Type Material Yes
Jonkers, H.A. [28] Oman K:SPC-57172.000 No
Jonkers, H.A. [42] Oman K:SPC-57175.000 No
Lavranos, J.J. [17882] Namibia K:SPC-41915.000 No
Ritchie, A.T.A. [Bally S. 90] Kenya K:SPC-07238.000 No
Eggeling, W.J. [6809] Tanzania K:SPC-46163.000 No
Noltee, F.K.A. [752] Yemen K:SPC-53608.000 No
Plowes [501] Morocco K:SPC-54783.000 No
Robertson, S.A. [1212B] Ethiopia K:SPC-02700.036 No
s.coll. [Cat. no. 8146] K001129075 Unknown Type Material Yes
Jonkers, H.A. [118] Oman K:SPC-57179.000 No
Collenette, I.S. [5960] Saudi Arabia K:SPC-50061.000 No
Jonkers, H.A. [2] Oman K:SPC-57187.000 No
Jonkers, H.A. [2] Oman K:SPC-57148.000 No
s.coll. [Cat. no. 8146] K001129070 Unknown Type Material Yes
Collenette, I.S. [2618] Saudi Arabia K:SPC-45754.000 No
Bally, P.R.O. [S133] Kenya K:SPC-30236.000 No
Jonkers, H.A. [203] Oman K:SPC-57160.000 No
Tweedie, E. [S222] Uganda K:SPC-59054.000 No
Jonkers, H.A. [38] Oman K:SPC-57151.000 No
Norman, E.M. [307] Uganda K:SPC-30692.000 No
Jonkers, H.A. [118] Oman K:SPC-57171.000 No
Jonkers, H.A. [20] Oman K:SPC-57152.000 No
Wood, J.R.I. [1655] Yemen K:SPC-46090.000 No
Wilson [16] K:SPC-33204.000 No
K:SPC-25823.000 No
Wilson [1319] K:SPC-33345.000 No
Jonkers, H.A. [31] Oman K:SPC-57150.000 No
Jonkers, H.A. [47] Oman K:SPC-57180.000 No
Lavranos, J.J. [1082] Yemen K:SPC-27677.000 No
Drummond; Hemsley [2361] Tanzania K:SPC-29047.012 No
Jonkers, H.A. [1] Oman K:SPC-57154.000 No
Carter [2007] Sudan K:SPC-49838.000 No
Bally [B 12204] Kenya K:SPC-58592.000 No
Bally [B 11698] K:SPC-59421.000 No
Greenway, P.S.; Kan [12036] Tanzania K:SPC-48236.000 No
Jonkers, H.A. [30] Oman K:SPC-57178.000 No
Wood, J.R.I. [2332] Yemen K:SPC-40761.000 No
Bayliss, R.D.A. Tanzania K:SPC-59415.000 No
Lavranos, J. [3046] Yemen K:SPC-28636.000 No
Jonkers, H.A. [34] Oman K:SPC-57167.000 No
s.coll. [Cat. no. 8146] K001129074 Unknown Type Material Yes
Garsen K:SPC-31633.000 No
Wickens, G.E. [951] Sudan K:SPC-26577.000 No
Madaughlin [Bally S 100] K:SPC-31629.000 No
Wickens, G.E. [3705] Sudan K:SPC-38428.000 No
Jonkers, H.A. [3] Oman K:SPC-57169.000 No
Jonkers, H.A. [23] Oman K:SPC-57158.000 No
Fearn, B.; Bole, P.V. [4108.0180] India K:SPC-45336.000 No
s.coll. [Cat. no. 8146] K001129072 Unknown Type Material Yes
Bally [S 42] Kenya K:SPC-58434.000 No
Collenette, I.S. [6065] Saudi Arabia K:SPC-51183.000 No
Greenway, P.J. [s.n.] Tanzania K:SPC-01007.000 No
Lavranos, J.J. [1810] Yemen K:SPC-27675.000 No
Jonkers, H.A. [20] Oman K:SPC-57146.000 No
Ritchie, A. [Bally S51] Kenya K:SPC-31630.000 No
Sarkaria, J.S. India K:SPC-53326.000 No
Collenette, I.S. [6068] Saudi Arabia K:SPC-51176.000 No
s.coll. [Cat. no. 8146] K001129077 Unknown Type Material Yes
Greenway, P.S. K:SPC-33226.000 No
Jonkers, H.A. [5] Oman K:SPC-57185.000 No
Richards, H.M. [11214] Zambia K:SPC-03393.000 No
Pogge, E.S.; Bunao Somalia K:SPC-31634.000 No
Jonkers, H.A. [23] Oman K:SPC-57149.000 No
South Africa K:SPC-01892.000 No
Greenway, P.J. [286] Tanzania K:SPC-27597.000 No
Pillans, N.S. [51] South Africa K:SPC-03965.000 No
Bally, J.; Bally, S. [164] Kenya K:SPC-28180.000 No
Hale, A.J. [143] Kenya K:SPC-35972.000 No
Sudan K:SPC-08022.000 No
Bally, P.R.O. [7129] K:SPC-01894.000 No
Jonkers, H.A. [76] Oman K:SPC-57165.000 No
Barnes, E. India K:SPC-26248.000 No
Tweedie, E.M. [1682] Tanzania K:SPC-31189.000 No
South Africa K:SPC-01895.000 No
Jonkers, H.A. [34] Oman K:SPC-57147.000 No
Gillett, J.B. [13964] Kenya K:SPC-58582.000 No
Williams, J.G. Sudan K:SPC-01013.000 No
Wilson [1320] K:SPC-27609.000 No
Eggeling, W.G. [4043] Uganda K:SPC-08033.000 No
s.coll. [Cat. no. 8146] K001129071 Unknown Type Material Yes
Lamb, B. [L/3090] Kenya K:SPC-58617.000 No
Jonkers, H.A. [34] Oman K:SPC-57164.000 No


  • Flora of Somalia

    • Flora of Somalia
  • Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Flora of Tropical East Africa
  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

  • Kew Backbone Distributions

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  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

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