Common name: Hairy Ceropegia • Marathi: Hamana
Botanical name: Ceropegia hirsuta Family: Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed family)
Synonyms: Ceropegia hispida, Ceropegia jacquemontiana, Ceropegia ophiocephala
Hairy Ceropegia is an upright or climbing plant with a subterranean tuber.
The 6.5 cm long and 3 cm broad, elliptic to ovate leaves are covered with
hair on both sides. Leaf stalk is about 2 cm long, hairy. The 5 cm long
flowers of this species are very showy, the lower part is slightly
swollen. The flower-tube is light beige coloured and mottled olive-brown
or purple upwards. The petals are very broad and yellowish or apple-green
coloured. In India the tubers of Hairy Ceropegia are eaten as a vegetable.
Identification credit: Prashant Awale
|Photographed at Pateshwar, near Satara, Maharashtra.|