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Pterocephalus porphyranthus.jpg
P. porphyranthus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Dipsacales
Family: Caprifoliaceae
Genus: Pterocephalus
Vaill. ex Adans.

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Pterocephalus is a genus in the Caprifoliaceae family[1] of herbs and shrubs, comprising 25 species ranging from the Mediterranean, to central Asia, the Himalayas, western China, and tropical Africa.[2]

From Greek πτερον, pteron, a wing, and κεφαλη, kephale, a head, in reference to the receptacle of the flowers being villous or chaffy.[3]



  1. ^ "Pterocephalus", The Plant List (version 1.1), retrieved 2014-09-19 
  2. ^ Kriechbaum, Monika; Kletter, Christa (2001). Tibetan medicinal plants. Stuttgart: Medpharm. p. 270. ISBN 0-8493-0031-2. 
  3. ^ George Don, Jr. (1834). A general system of gardening and botany. Founded upon Miller's Gardener's dictionary, and arranged according to the natural system. volume III (Calyciflorae). Gilbert and Rivington. p. 688.