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
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.