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Matelea Aubl.

Kingdom: Plantae Rank: Genus Parent: Asclepiadaceae Status: Valid

Common Names:

  • MILKVINE - English, United States of America
  • ANGLEPOD - English, United States of America

Morphological Description

Diagnosis: Plants variously pubescent or pilose, often with burned-rubber odor; stems trailing to suberect, or twining and climbing; leaves opposite, short- to rather long-petioled; leaf blades ovate to oblong- ovate, with cordate base; flowers axillary; corollas rotate; follicles smooth or with spinelike tubercules, angled or not.


Notes: A genus of 180 species native to tropical and temperate regions of the New World. (Derivation of generic name not explained by original author)