Cryptostegia

noun Cryp·to·ste·gia \ˌkriptəˈstējēə\

Definition of Cryptostegia

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of 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 — more at thatch


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