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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: Asclepiadoideae
Tribus: Asclepiadeae
Subtribus: Asclepiadinae
Genus: Pergularia
Species: P. daemia – P. tomentosa

Pergularia L., Mant. Pl.: 8 (1767)

Type species: Pergularia tomentosa L., Mant. Pl.: 53 (1767)


Doemia R.Br., Asclepiadeae: 39 (1810)


Linneaus, C. von 1767. Mantissa Plantarum: 8.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2017. Pergularia in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2017 Sept. 2. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2017. Pergularia. Published online. Accessed: Sept. 2 2017. 2017. Pergularia. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2017 Sept. 2.

Pergularia is a genus of the botanical family Apocynaceae. Pergularia daemia is a perennial twinning herb that grows along the roadsides of India and tropical and subtropical regions in South Asia, Africa, and Australia.[1]

Pharmacological activities include antiinflammatory, hepatoprotective, anticancer, antidiabetic, antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, analgesic, anti-infertility and central nervous system depressant activity.[2]


Pergularia adenophylla Schltr. & K. Schum. - Cameroon
Pergularia brunoniana (Wight & Arn.) D.Dietr. - India
Pergularia calesiana (Wight) Buch.-Ham. ex Hook.f. - Himalayas
Pergularia clausa (R.Br.) Spreng. - Jamaica
Pergularia daemia (Forssk.) Chiov. - Africa, S Asia
Pergularia exilis (Colebr.) Spreng. - Bangladesh
Pergularia flavescens (A.Cunn.) Hook.f. ex D.Dietr.
Pergularia hamiltonii (Wight) D.Dietr. - Uttar Pradesh
Pergularia rostrata (R.Br.) Spreng. - Queensland
Pergularia roylei (Wight) D.Dietr. - Himachal Pradesh
Pergularia suaveolens (R.Br.) Spreng. - Australia
Pergularia tinctoria (R.Br.) Spreng. - Sumatra
Pergularia tomentosa L. - Middle East from Egypt to Pakistan
Pergularia viridiflora (R.Br.) Spreng. - Australia

formerly included[3]

moved to other genera (Cionura, Marsdenia, Metaplexis, Strophanthus, Telosma, Tylophora, Vallaris )

P. accedens, syn of Telosma accedens
P. africana, syn of Telosma africana
P. angustiloba, syn of Telosma angustiloba
P. celebica, syn of Telosma celebica
P. divaricata, syn of Strophanthus divaricatus
P. erecta, syn of Cionura erecta
P. filipes, syn of Telosma procumbens
P. glabra, syn of Vallaris glabra
P. japonica, syn of Metaplexis japonica
P. minor, syn of Telosma cordata
P. pallida, syn of Telosma pallida
P. parviflora, syn of Marsdenia parviflora
P. procumbens, syn of Telosma procumbens
P. puberula, syn of Telosma puberula
P. sanguinolenta, syn of Cryptolepis sanguinolenta
P. sinensis, syn of Cryptolepis sinensis
P. tenacissima, syn of Marsdenia tenacissima
P. velutina, syn of Tylophora velutina


Pink, A. (2004). Gardening for the Million. Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation.
Karthishwaran K., Mirunalini S. "Therapeutic potential of Pergularia daemia (Forsk.): The ayurvedic wonder" International Journal of Pharmacology 2010 6:6 (836-843)
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