Grass-Leaved Ceropegia
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Grass-Leaved Ceropegia
P Native Photo: Paulmathi Vinod
Common name: Grass-Leaved Ceropegia
Botanical name: Ceropegia ravikumariana    Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)

Grass-Leaved Ceropegia is a perennial herb with watery latex, prostrate stems often twinning, usually branched, round, 1-2 mm across, hairless, purple to greenish. It is is named in honour of Prof. K. Ravikumar, FRLHT, Bengaluru. Leaves are simple, opposite-decussate; leaf-stalks 2-7 mm long, blade linear-lanceshaped, 2-3.7 x 0.3-0.6 cm, narrowed at base, pointed at tip, deep green above, pale green beneath. Flowers are borne in leaf-axils, in 1 or 2-flowered cymes carried on flower-cluster-stalks 2-5 mm long. Flowers are erect, bracteate; bracts 2, linear, 1.2-2 mm long; flower-stalks 3-8.5 mm long, slender, hairless. Sepals are subulate, 2-3.5 mm long, hairless. Flowers are 1.1-1.6 cm long, straight, hairless and whitish yellow outside; tube 9-10 x about 2.5 mm, much dilated at base, retrorse-hairy inside, striped with purple lines inside; lobes ovate-lanceshaped, 2.5-6 x 2.6-2.8 mm, apically fused to form a nearly spherical cage, slightly reflexed along the margins. Grass-Leaved Ceropegia is known only from Tamil Nadu. Flowering: July-March.

Identification credit: Paulmathi Vinod Photographed in Kanniyakumari wildlife sanctuary,Tamil Nadu.

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