Author: Jan Scholten
Botany: 348 genera, 2900 species; tropics, subtropics, Africa, South America; ovaries distinct; stylar head; milky sap.
DD: Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Muriaticum, Silver series.
In the Apg3 classification Asclepiadaceae is included in Apocynaceae. This is done to keep Apocynaceae monophyletic.
In the Plant theory Asclepiadaceae is treated as a separate, monophyletic family. Apocynaceae is split in Rauvolfieae and Apocyneae, the two subfamilies of Apocynaceae. Asclepiadaceae is placed in Subphase 7.
Stapeliae: florally advanced; stem succulent genera Huernia, Stapelia and Hoodia; complex mechanisms for pollination, like Orchidaceae, grouping of their pollen into pollinia; flowers, fragrant like carrion, attracting flies.