Anjaneri Ceropegia
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Anjaneri Ceropegia
ative Photo: Sushant More
Common name: Anjaneri Ceropegia
Botanical name: Ceropegia anjanerica    Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)

Anjaneri Ceropegia is a rare species of Ceropegia typically found on the Anjaneri hills in Nashik district. Flowers are 2.5-3.5 cm long, usually slightly curved, greenish yellow. Flower-tube is 1.2-1.5 cm gradually dilated at base, channelled with purple lines inside, lower inflated part deep purple. Petals are narrowly obovate. Outer corona is cup-shaped, with 5 bifid lobes, densely ciliate along margins, inner corona of five linear purple lobes, usually divergent up to 4mm long. Pollen masses are yellow. Flowers arise singly, on stalks 1-3 mm ling. Bracts are solitary, linear, sepals linear long-pointed, rough. It is a perennial erect herb with tuberous roostock. Tubers are 2-5 cm in diameter, depressed round to disc-shaped, roots fibrous. Stem is round, rough, usually unbranced, up to 20 cm high. Leaves are opposite narrowing into stalks 2-5 mm long. Leaf blade is elliptic to narrowly elliptic 1.5-4.5 x 0.4-1.3 cm, mucronate tip, tapering at base. Follicles usually double, tapering to fine point 7x0.4cm. straight. Seeds 5X2mm, ovate, coma white, silky.

Identification credit: Sushant More Photographed in Nashik, Maharashtra.

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