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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Cladus: Lamiids
Ordo: Gentianales

Familia: Apocynaceae
Subfamilia: Periplocoideae
Genus: Cryptolepis
Species: C. africana – C. angolensis – C. apiculata – C. arbuscula – C. balansae – C. baumii – C. brazzaei – C. calophylla – C. capensis – C. cryptolepioides – C. decidua – C. delagoensis – C. dubia – C. eburnea – C. gillettii – C. gossweileri – C. grandiflora – C. hensii – C. hypoglauca – C. ibayana – C. intricata – C. javanica – C. laurentii – C. macrophylla – C. microphylla – C. migiurtina – C. nigrescens – C. nugaalensis – C. oblongifolia – C. obtusa – C. orbicularis – C. pendulina – C. producta – C. ruspolii – C. sanguinolentaC. sinensis – C. sizenandii – C. socotrana – C. somaliensis – C. stefianinii – C. volubilis – C. yemenensis


Cryptolepis R.Br., On Asclepiad. 58. (1810) et Mem. Wern. Nat. Hist. Soc. 1: 69. (1810)

Type species: Cryptolepis dubia (Burm.f.) M.R.Almeida, Fl. Maharashtra 3A: 221 (2001) originally designated as synonym Cryptolepis buchananii Roem. & Schult., Syst. Veg., ed. 15 bis 4: 409 (1819)
Note: See Discussion Page regarding circumscription of the type species.


Leposma Blume, Bijdr. 1049. (1827)
Lepistoma Blume, Fl. Javae (Praef.) vii. (1828)
Curroria Planch. ex Benth. in W.J.Hooker, Niger Fl.: 457 (1849)
Ectadiopsis Benth., in Bentham et J. D. Hooker, Gen. 2: 741. (1876)
Cochlanthus Balf.f., Proc. Roy. Soc. Edinburgh 12: 78. (1883)
Mitolepis Balf.f., Proc. Roy. Soc. Edinburgh 12: 78. (1883)
Omphalogonus Baill., Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Paris 1: 812 (1889)
Parquetina Baill., Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Paris 2: 806 (1889)
Socotranthus Kuntze in Post et O. Kuntze, Lex. 523. (1903)
Mangenotia Pichon, Bull. Soc. Bot. France 101: 246. (1954


Brown, R. 1810. Memoirs of the Wernerian Natural History Society 1: 69.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2017. Cryptolepis in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2017 Sept. 28. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2017. Cryptolepis. Published online. Accessed: Sept. 29 2017.
Joubert, L., Klak, C., Venter, A.M., Venter, H.J. & Bruyns, P.V. 2016. A widespread radiation in the Periplocoideae (Apocynaceae): The case of Cryptolepis. Taxon 65(3): 487-501. DOI: 10.12705/653.4 Reference page.

Vernacular names
Afrikaans: Bokhorings
English: Milk ropes

Cryptolepis is a plant genus in the family Apocynaceae. It includes some 42 species.[1]

Selected species

Cryptolepis africana (Bullock) Venter & R.L.Verh.
Cryptolepis albicans Jum. & H.Perrier
Cryptolepis angolensis Welw. ex Hiern
Cryptolepis apiculata K.Schum.
Cryptolepis arbuscula (Radcl.-Sm.) Venter
Cryptolepis baumii N.E.Br.
Cryptolepis brazzaei Baill.
Cryptolepis buchanani
Cryptolepis buxifolia Chiov.
Cryptolepis capensis Schltr.
Cryptolepis cryptolepioides (Schltr.) Bullock
Cryptolepis dubia (Burm.f.) M.R.Almeida
Cryptolepis hypoglauca
Cryptolepis oblongifolia (Meisn.) Schltr.
Cryptolepis obtusa
Cryptolepis ruspolii Chiov.
Cryptolepis sanguinolenta (Lindl.) Schltr.
Cryptolepis sinensis (Lour.) Merr.
Cryptolepis sizenandii Rolfe
Cryptolepis socotrana (Balf.f.) Venter
Cryptolepis somaliensis Venter & Thulin
Cryptolepis stefianinii Chiov.
Cryptolepis suffruticosa N.E.Br.
Cryptolepis triangularis
Cryptolepis volubilis (Balf.f.) O.Schwartz
Cryptolepis welwitschii Hiern
Cryptolepis yemenensis Venter & R.L.Verh.

Excluded or synonymous taxa

C. buchananii, a synonym for C. dubia (Burm.f.) M.R.Almeida
C. elegans, a synonym for C. sinensis (Lour.) Merr.
C. edithae, a synonym for C. sinensis (Lour.) Merr.


"Cryptolepis". The Plant List (2010). Version 1. Retrieved 20 October 2013.

Farr, E. R. and Zijlstra, G. eds. (1996-) Index Nominum Genericorum (Plantarum). 2009 Aug 24 [1].
Flora of China (2008). 'eFloras. Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA. 2009 Aug 21 [2].
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database]. National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. [3] (25 August 2009)

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