Caralluma

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Caralluma
Caralluma acutangula Bild0685.jpg
Caralluma acuntangula inflorescence
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Apocynaceae
Subfamily: Asclepiadoideae
Tribe: Ceropegieae
Subtribe: Stapeliinae
Genus: Caralluma
R.Br.
Species

See text

Synonyms

Sarcocodon N.E.Br.
Spathulopetalum Chiov.[1]

Caralluma is a genus of flowering plants in the dogbane family, Apocynaceae, consisting of about 120 species. The generic name is derived from the Arabic word qahr al-luhum, meaning "wound in the flesh" or "abscess," referring to the floral odour. Most of the species occur in Africa, including several taxa valued by people for their medicinal properties.

Medicinal Applications[edit]

A weight loss dietary supplement has been introduced recently consisting of material from the Caralluma Fimbriata plant. Insufficient evidence has been provided to establish medicinal benefits.[2]


Selected species[edit]

Formerly placed here[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Genus: Caralluma R. Br.". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. 2004-04-15. Retrieved 2010-11-03. 
  2. ^ Davidson, Lauren (2014). "Caralluma Weight Loss Supplement Reviews". Simple Health Reviews. Retrieved 2014-11-28. 

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