Kenyan Dragon Flower
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Kenyan Dragon Flower
P Introduced Unknown Photo: Aarti Khale
Common name: Kenyan Dragon Flower
Botanical name: Huernia lenewtonii    Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)
Synonyms: Ceropegia lenewtonii

Kenyan Dragon Flower is a tropical, fleshy plant with 5-angled grey-green stems with some red mottling, up to 12 cm long and up to 1 cm thick. Leaf rudiments are triangular, 3-4 mm long. Flowers are reddish to purplish, up to 2.5 cm in diameter, star-shaped with a distinctive ten-pointed flower. Inflorescences are 2- to 3-flowered. Flower-stalks are erect, 1.5-2.5 cm long, bent below calyx to present the flowers vertically. Sepals are narrowly triangular, 4-5 mm long, pointed. Flowers are greenish yellow outside, inside bright ruby-red, broadly funnel-shaped with horizontally spreading petals. Petals are broadly triangular, about 1.0 x 1.5 cm, tapering, below prominently 5-veined. Corona is ruby-red; interstaminal corona lobes fused into a fleshy, rounded toothed disc. Fruits are mericarps two, 8-12 cm long, spindle-shaped, stout. Kenyan Dragon Flower is native to Kenya, cultivated elsewhere.

Identification credit: Aarti Khale Photographed in cultivation in Nasik.

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