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Brachystelma caffrum PICT2000.JPG
Brachystelma caffrum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Apocynaceae
Subfamily: Asclepiadoideae
Genus: Brachystelma

The genus Brachystelma R. Br. (Apocynaceae: Asclepiadoideae - Ceropegieae) is represented by over a hundred species in the world,[1] chiefly distributed in South Africa, South-East Asia and Australasia.[2] In India, 17 species are known to occur,[3] of which nine are endemic.


The genus contains some 154 species,[4] including:


  1. ^ Dyer, 1980; Meve, 2002; Mabberley, 2008; Bruyns, 2009
  2. ^ Forster, 1996
  3. ^ Karthikeyan et al., 2009
  4. ^ "Brachystelma". The Plant List. Version 1. 2010. Retrieved 3 July 2012.