Konkan Ceropegia
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Konkan Ceropegia
ative Photo: Arun Chandore
Common name: Konkan Ceropegia • Marathi: कोंकणी खरचुड़ी
Botanical name: Ceropegia concanensis    Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)

Konkan Ceropegia is a new species of Ceropegia which was first discovered in August 2011 near the town of Vengurla in the Sindhudurg District in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is closely related to Tender Ceropegia. It is a perennial erect herb with tuberous rootstock. Tuber 2-5 cm across. Stem is single, more or less velvety when young, hairless when mature, unbranched, up to 1 ft, round, 1-2 mm in diameter, green or dark purple. Oppositely arranged leaves are nearly stalkless, 3.2-6.4 cm long, 0.8-1.4 cm wide, linear, pointed, narrowed at base. Flowers arise singly in leaf axils or extra-axillary on 3-5 mm long stalks. Flower-stalks are slender, 5-6 mm long. Sepals are 5-partite, 4-7 mm long, 0.3-0.6 mm wide. Flower is 5-lobed, 4-5.4 cm long, usually slightly curved, purple. Tube is 3-3.5 cm long, 2 mm in diameter, dilated at base.

Identification credit: Arun Chandore Photographed in Maharashtra.

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