Cryptostegia

noun
Cryp·​to·​ste·​gia | \ ˌkriptəˈstējēə \

Definition of Cryptostegia

: a genus of chiefly tropical African woody vines (family Asclepiadaceae) that have large polished leaves and funnel-shaped flowers and are important as a source of rubber — see india-rubber vine

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History and Etymology for Cryptostegia

New Latin, from crypt- + Greek stegē roof + New Latin -ia; from the concealment of the corona within the tube of the corolla; akin to Greek stegein to cover

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“Cryptostegia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Cryptostegia. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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