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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: Cryptostegia
Species: C. grandiflora - C. madagascariensis

Cryptostegia R.Br., Bot. Reg. 5: t. 435 (1819)

Type species: C. grandiflora R.Br.


Brown, R. 1819. Botanical Register t. 435.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2017. Cryptostegia in Kew Science Plants of the World Online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2017 Sept. 29. Reference page. 
International Plant Names Index. 2017. Cryptostegia. Published online. Accessed: Sept. 29 2017.
Tropicos.org 2017. Cryptostegia. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 29 Sept. 2017.

Vernacular names
Afrikaans: Rubberklimopgenus
svenska: Gummirankesläktet

Cryptostegia is a genus of flowering plants native to tropical Africa and Madagascar. The genus is in the family Apocynaceae.


Cryptostegia includes three species of slender, many-stemmed, woody, perennial vines. When their stems or leaves are damaged they exude a milky latex that is extremely toxic to livestock; it contains cardiac glycosides that cause sudden death, especially after violent exertion. Though the latex is of good quality it is not used commercially.

Cryptostegia are evergreen and are grown for their showy ornamental vines. They are vigorous and self-supporting and their vines sometimes attain a length of 15m. Leaves are ovate, opposite, glossy and dark green. They are 6–10 cm long and 3–5 cm wide. Clusters of large, showy, funnel-shaped flowers with 5 white to rose-pink or reddish-purple petals bloom in summer after the wet season. Seed pods are rigid 10–12 cm long and 3–4 cm wide, and grow in pairs at the end of a short stalk. The seeds are attached to a silky white floss. The plants grow rampantly in a favourable climate and are invasive in some areas. In Australia Cryptostegia grandiflora in particular has been declared a Weed of National Significance. It is regarded as one of the worst weeds in Australia because of its invasiveness, potential for spread, and economic and environmental impacts.[3]

In cultivation, the plants require a hot climate.


Cryptostegia grandiflora R.Br. – rubber vine, purple allamanda
Cryptostegia madagascariensis Bojer ex Decne.[4] – purple rubber vine


"Genus: Cryptostegia R. Br". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. 2007-09-17. Archived from the original on 2010-05-28. Retrieved 2010-11-26.
McFadyen, R.E.; Harvey, G.J. (1990). "Distribution and control of rubbervine, Cryptostegia grandiflora, a major weed in northern Queensland. Plant Protection Quarterly". Plant Protection Quarterly (5): 152–155.
Weeds of National Significance Department of the Environment and Heritage and the CRC for Australian Weed Management, 2003 ISBN 1 9209 3215 1
"GRIN Species Records of Cryptostegia". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. Archived from the original on 2009-01-20. Retrieved 2010-11-26.

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