Aspidoglossum E.Mey.

This genus is accepted, and its native range is Tropical & S. Africa.


Apocynaceae (part 2), David Goyder, Timothy Harris, Siro Masinde, Ulrich Meve, Johan Venter. Flora of Tropical East Africa, 2012

Morphology General Habit
Perennial herb with flowering shoots produced annually and dying back or burnt to ground level each year, all parts exuding a milky latex.
Morphology Stem
Stems erect, branched or not
Morphology Leaves
Leaves opposite or rarely irregularly inserted, verticillate (sect Verticillus), sessile or subsessile, narrowly linear or rarely broader (sect Verticillus), margins revolute
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers in sessile or subsessile fascicles at upper nodes.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Pedicel
Pedicels pilose
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla campanulate, spreading or rarely reflexed, rarely tips united ( A connatum)
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corona
Corolline corona absent. Gynostegial corona lobes alternating with the corolla lobes, mostly of two types; type A (fig 91.1) comprising an erect, dorsally compressed, ± quadrate basal part with peaked, square or sloping shoulders, the apex produced into an attenuate tooth, ventral face with two faint vertical wings or ridges running into an appendage similar to the apical tooth of the main lobe; type B (fig. 91.2) with basal part of lobe ± as in type A but with truncate apex, apical tooth absent, ventral surface with two often well-developed vertical ridged running into an inflexed appendage
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Pollinarium
Pollinarium with subcylindrical corpusculum, rarely broader and with lateral flanges ( A hirundo); translator arms short, slender or flattened and ribbon like, attached subapically to the pollinia.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Pollinia
Pollinia subcylindrical or pyriform and dorsally compressed, with or without translucent germination zone near point of attachment to translator arms
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Follicles single, pubescent, with or without soft appressed bristles; fruiting pedicel contorted to hold follicle erect.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seed flattened, ovate, with a coma of silky hairs.
A genus of ± 35 species from tropical and southern Africa, with somewhat uncertain generic delimitation.

Native to:

Angola, Burkina, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Provinces, Central African Repu, Congo, Ethiopia, Free State, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Northern Provinces, Rwanda, Senegal, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Aspidoglossum E.Mey. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Milne-Redhead, E. [8868], Tanzania 1000.000
Milne-Redhead, E. [9580], Tanzania 1001.000
Milne-Redhead, E. [9657], Tanzania 1003.000
Milne-Redhead, E. [8038], Tanzania 1059.000
Polhill, R. [1593], Tanzania 1791.000
Milne-Redhead, E. [10439], Tanzania 3390.000

First published in Comm. Pl. Afr. Austr.: 200 (1838)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 1-529. MIM, Deurne.


Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Comm Pl. Afr. Austr.: 200 (1838)
  • K.B. 38: 599–672 (1984)

  • 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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