Heartleaf Ceropegia
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Heartleaf Ceropegia
ative Photo: Sushant More
Common name: Heartleaf Ceropegia • Marathi: इवान खरपुडी
Botanical name: Ceropegia evansii    Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)

Heartleaf Ceropegia is a twining climber with a 2-6 cm wide, subterranean storage tuber. It was named for Thomas Evans, early 19th century English botanist, who collected plants in Malaya. The stem is almost always unbranched and not or only slightly softly hairy. Leaves are 7-14 cm long, 3-7 cm wide and ovate or ovate-lanceolate in shape. The flowers stand in few flowered inflorescences, they are about 6 cm long. The lower part is light grey or whitish in colour and sometimes shows faint greyish lines. The petals are white in their lower half and pale yellow in their upper. Heartleaf Ceropegia was believed to be extinct, but was rediscovered later. It is still a very threatened species. Usually it grows in Carvia callosa canopy on steep slopes at an altitude of 300-1000 m.

Identification credit: Sushant More Photographed near Satara, Maharashtra, India.

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