Marsdenia sp.

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Name and publication

Marsdenia sp.


What are sold as “canoinha” in the potpourri trade appear to be follicles of a Marsdenia sp. Marsdenia spp. are vines. Follicles (in the native state) are 9-15 cm long x 3-4 cm wide, green to beige reddish and reticulated on the interior, dark brown finely reticulated on the exterior, and usually split for a few millimeters at both ends.

Nativity and distribution

This Marsdenia sp. is probably native to Brazil.


Asclapiadaceae, also placed in Apocynaceae