Apocynaceae (Dogbane Family)

Characteristics of the Apocynaceae (Dogbane) family

  • Leaves opposite, simple, pinnate venation
  • Leaf margin smooth
  • Stipules absent
  • Latex (milky sap) in all branches and leaves
  • Sepals 5, Petals 5, sometimes fused
  • Ovary superior „ Anthers often fused, and sometimes fused with style head to a gynostegium, pollen in pollinia in some species
  • Fruit usually with 2 separate carpels, developing into 1-2 dry capsular parts or berries
  • Seeds often with tufts of hairs at one end


Associated Plants