Candlestick Ceropegia   
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Candlestick Ceropegia
ative Photo: Shaista Ahmad
Common name: Candlestick Ceropegia • Malayalam: Nijota-njodien-vali, Nattunattuvallinattunattuvalli • Marathi: कानवेल Kanwel
Botanical name: Ceropegia candelabrum    Family: Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed family)
Synonyms: Ceropegia tuberosa

Candlestick Ceropegia is a twinning herbaceous climber, 1-3 ft long, with tuberous root. Tubers are 3-4 cm, flattened from top. Oppositely arranged leaves are elliptic-oblong, 5-10 cm long, stalked. Or they can also be fleshy, stalkless, 10-20 cm long, narrowly linear, long-pointed. Flowers are borne on clusters carried on 1-3 cm long stalks. Flowers are 2-3 cm longm whitish yellow, with the tube swollen at the base. Lobes are 5-7 mm long, linear, hairy, fused at the top, purple from inside. Seed-pods are 10 cm long, cylindric. Candlestick Ceropegia is found in the Western Ghats. Flowering: September-October.

Identification credit: Ravi Kumar
Photographed at Devarayana Durga, Karnataka.
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