Kerala Ceropegia
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Kerala Ceropegia
P Native Photo: Sam Kuzhalanattu
Common name: Kerala Ceropegia, Beddome's Ceropegia
Botanical name: Ceropegia beddomei    Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)

Kerala Ceropegia is a hairy twiner with leaves up to 15 x 1.5 cm, linear-oblong, pointed to tapering, hairless above; leaf-stalk up to 5 mm long. Flowers are borne singly or in pairs, in leaf-axils, dark brown, up to 8 cm long; flower-cluster-stalk 4 cm long; bracts subulate; flower-stalk up to 1 cm long. Sepals up to 10 x 1 mm, linear; flower tube 3.5 cm long, funnel shaped above, narrowed below and slightly dialated at base; petals 4 cm long, spirally twisted in bud, lanceshaped, tapering, hairy inside and along the margins, deeply depressed at midrib; outer corona shallowly divided, 3 mm across, lobes triangular, pointed, hairy; inner corona 1.5 mm long, spoon-shaped. Kerala Ceropegia is endemic to Southern Western Ghats. Flowering: June-September.

Identification credit: Saroj Kasaju Photographed at Vannappuram, Idukki, Kerala.

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