Robert Everard Woodson, 1941
cyclophylla, Morillo, 2015.
( Gonolobus cyclophyllus ?)
This member of the Asclepiadaceae*
family was given this name by Robert Everard Woodson in
1941. It's from Mexico, growing in well-drained soil with some water and a bit of sun.
The caudex can grow to 20 centimetres, the vines can reach two
metres. The flowers are brown and smelly! It can only be
reproduced by seeds.
The genera name might be a
local or an old name. It was introduced by Jean Baptiste Christophe
Fusée Aublet in Histoire des Plantes de la Guiane Françoise 1:
277–280, pl. 109. 1775, but I fail to find any explanation to the
name (but it is in French).
The species name from Greek κυκλοϛ;
cyclos; 'circle, ring, disk' and φυλλον;
phyllon; leaf' or 'foliage' for
the round leaves.
*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG IV 2016, Asclepiadaceae is now part of the Apocynaceae.