Cynanchum aphyllum, copyright Axel Strauß.

Belongs within: Asclepiadoideae.
Contains: Asclepias, Metastelmatinae.

The Asclepiadeae are a clade of flowering plants supported by molecular phylogenetic analysis, defined by Sennblad & Bremer (2002) as the most expansive clade including Asclepias and Matelea but not members of the Fockeeae, Marsdenieae or Ceropegieae. Members include the twining shrubs of the genus Cynanchum, some of have the leaves reduced and scale-like.

<==Asclepiadeae [Gonolobeae]TGL-S08
    |--Schizostephanus alatusSB02
    |  `--Calotropis Brown 1910SB02, L95
    |       |--C. giganteaB00
    |       `--C. procera (Ait.) Ait. f. 1811 [=Asclepias procera Ait. 1789]L95
    |            |--C. p. ssp. proceraPP07
    |            `--C. p. ssp. hamiltoniiPP07
       |  `--+--Schubertia grandifloraTGL-S08
       |     `--AraujiaTGL-S08
       |          |--A. hortorumSB02
       |          `--A. sericoferaTGL-S08
          |    |--C. acutumAGF98
          |    |--C. aphyllum (see below for synonymy)J54
          |    |--C. carnosumB00
          |    |--C. christineaeB00
          |    |--C. compactumJ54
          |    |--C. ellipticumTGL-S08
          |    |--C. floribundumB00
          |    |--C. leptolepisB00
          |    |--C. liebianaB00
          |    |--C. mahafalenseJ54
          |    |--C. messeri [=Vohemaria messeri]J54
          |    |--C. meyeriCV06
          |    |--C. ovalifoliumB00
          |    |--C. pachycladonJ54
          |    |--C. pedunculatumLK14
          |    |--C. perrieriJ54
          |    |--C. puberulumLK14
          |    |--C. scopariumI02
          |    |--C. utahenseH93
          |    `--C. vincetoxicumBR65
          `--+--Oxystelma bornouenseTGL-S08
             |    |--T. benthamiiB00
             |    |--T. cinerascensLK14
             |    |--T. fleckiiCV06
             |    |--T. flexuosaLK14
             |    |--T. heterophyllaTGL-S08
             |    |--T. flexuosaB12
             |    |--T. sylvaticaSB02
             |    `--T. tenuisT-W89
                |    |--P. daemiaTGL-S08
                |    |--P. extensaK73
                |    |--P. odoratissimaT-W89
                |    `--P. tomentosa [incl. Daemia cordata]D17
                     |--G. cancellatusB00
                     |--G. fruticosus Br. 1809C06 [=Asclepias fruticosaBR65]
                     |--G. physocarpusTGL-S08 [=Asclepias physocarpa BR65]
                     `--G. semiplectensCV06
Asclepiadeae incertae sedis:
    |--M. hereroenseCV06
    |--M. penicillatumCV06
    `--M. tenuifoliumTGL-S08
    |--O. serpyllifoliaSB02
    `--O. thymifolia Schlechter 1916S16
  Fischeria stellataSB02
  Matelea Aublet 1775SB02, L95
    |--M. borinquensis Alain 1986L95
    |--M. hirsutaSB02
    |--M. maritima (Jacq.) Woodson 1941 (see below for synonymy)L95
    |--M. parvifoliaH93
    |--M. sintenisii (Schltr.) Woodson 1941 (see below for synonymy)L95
    `--M. variifolia (Schltr.) Woodson 1941 (see below for synonymy)L95
  Tweedia coeruleaSB02
    |--V. canescensC55
    `--V. hirundinariaSB02
  Gonolobus Michx. 1803L95
    `--G. stephanotrichus Griseb. 1866 [=Vincetoxicum stephanotrichum]L95
  Conchophyllum richthofeniT-W89, G31
  Streptocaulon banmiiT-W89

Cynanchum aphyllum [=Asclepias aphylla; incl. Sarcocyphula gerrardi, Cynanchum sarcostemmatoides, Sarcostemma tetrapterum]J54

Matelea maritima (Jacq.) Woodson 1941 [=Asclepias maritima Jacq. 1760, Cynanchum maritimum (Jacq.) Jacq. 1763, Gonolobus maritimus (Jacq.) Br. 1811, Ibatia maritima (Jacq.) Decne. in DC. 1844; incl. I. muricata Griseb. 1861]L95

Matelea sintenisii (Schltr.) Woodson 1941 [=Gonolobus sintenisii Schltr. in Urb. 1899, Vincetoxicum sintenisii (Schltr.) Britton 1925]L95

Matelea variifolia (Schltr.) Woodson 1941 [=Gonolobus variifolius Schltr. in Urban 1899, Vincetoxicum variifolius (Schltr.) Britton 1925]L95

*Type species of generic name indicated


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