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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Rosids
Cladus: Eurosids I
Ordo: Cucurbitales

Familia: Cucurbitaceae
Tribus: Actinostemmateae
Genus: Actinostemma
Species: A. biglandulosum – A. lobatum – A. paniculatum – A. tenerum

Actinostemma Griff., Account Bot. Coll. Cantor 24. (1841)

Type species: Actinostemma tenerum Griff., Account Bot. Coll. Cantor 25 (t. 3). (1845) et J. Asiat. Soc. Bengal 23: 643. (1854)

Note: Generic and species circumscription has little agreement across secondary sources - see below. This is a view of Actinostemma s.l. inc. Bolbostemma sensu Hassler (2021)

Mitrosicyos Maxim. Mém. Acad. Imp. Sci. St.-Pétersbourg Divers Savans 9: 112. (1859)
Pomasterion Miq., Ann. Mus. Bot. Lugduno-Batavi 2: 80. (1865)
Bolbostemma Franquet, Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. Ser. 2 2: 325, in obs. (1930) Uncertain synonymy see Govaerts et al. (2021).


Griffith, W. 1841. Some account of the botanical collection, brought from the eastward by Dr. Cantor 24.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2021. Actinostemma in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2021 Aug. 3. Reference page.
Hassler, M. 2021. Actinostemma. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2021. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published online. Accessed: 2021 July 9. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2014. Actinostemma. Published online. Accessed: Aug 26 2014. 2014. Actinostemma. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 26 Aug 2014.

Actinostemma is a genus of flowering plants in the gourd family Cucurbitaceae, native to east Asia. They are slender, weakly twining/climbing annual herbs.[2]

Currently accepted species include:

Actinostemma lobatum (Maxim.) Maxim. ex Franch. & Sav.
Actinostemma tenerum Griff.


Account Bot. Coll. Cantor: 24 (1845)
Xu, Zhenghao; Chang, Le (2017). Identification and Control of Common Weeds: Volume 3. p. 417. doi:10.1007/978-981-10-5403-7. ISBN 978-981-10-5402-0. S2CID 7096281.

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