The succulent members with starry flowers of the family Apocynaceae are generally refer to as Stapeliads or Asclepiads. There is a wealth of species of Stapeliads distributed from the southernmost part of the Western Cape Province northwards through South-Africa, throughout Africa to North-Africa, across the black sea into the Arabian Peninsula and even into India where the only true leaf bearing Stapeliad, Frerea indica, occurs. There are more than 180 recognised species of Stapeliads in Southern Africa with numerous varieties and subspecies. It is one of the most interesting groups in the succulent world with all their shapes, colours, sizes and their often foul smelling flowers. For lists of the recognised Stapeliad species please visit the article section.