Apocynaceae (dogbane) family

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Apocynaceae example (Dyera costulata)

Common Name and Type Genus: Dogbane family, derived from the Apocynum genus

Distribution: Primarily tropical regions worldwide

Family Size: Over 400 genera and approximately 5,000 species 

Notable Genera: The most commercially significant genera are Aspidosperma of Central and South America, Alstonia found in Africa, Asia, and Australia—as well as jelutong (Dyera costulata).

Comments: The dogbane family is very large and diverse. The type genus, Apocynum, is comprised entirely of smaller plants and does not contain any wood-producing species. Many plants in the family are poisonous to humans, and a handful of species have also had medicinal uses.

  Genera listing

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