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Angolluma hesperidum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Apocynaceae
Subfamily: Asclepiadoideae
Tribe: Stapeliae
Genus: Angolluma

Angolluma is a genus of succulent plants in the milkweed, or Asclepiadaceae, family, under the tribe of Stapeliae in the subfamily Asclepiadoideae, native primarily to northern-hemisphere Africa, with some species in souther Africa.[1] Unlike the closely related genus Obea, the flowers arise from the tips of the stems.[1]


Angollumas have fleshy, water-holding stems adorned with soft and fleshy spines and equally fleshy, luridly colourful five-petalled flowers.


Caring for angollumas can be difficult due to how easily their roots rot and die if overwatered at any one time.


Species in the genus include:[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Darrel Plowes (2008), "Angolluma taitica (Bruyns) Plowes comb. nov.", Asklepios, 103 
  • The Complete Encyclopedia of Succulents by Zdenek Jezek and Libor Kunte