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Cynanchum L.

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

Common Names:

  • SWALLOW-WORT - English, United States of America

Morphological Description

Diagnosis: Twining vines to 3 m or more long; leaves opposite, petioled, basally cordate; inflorescences axillary; follicles lanceolate in outline, smooth.


Notes: A genus of 200 species of tropical and warm areas of the world. (Greek: cyon, dog, and anchein, to strangle; an ancient name for some plant supposedly poisonous to dogs)