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Leafless Goglet Flower   
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Leafless Goglet Flower
P Native Vine
Photo: Srinivasa Babu
Common name: Leafless Goglet Flower • Marathi: वेल खंटुडी Wel Khantudi • Telugu: బెల్లగడ్డ Bellagadda
Botanical name: Ceropegia juncea    Family: Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed family)

Leafless Goglet Flower is twinning herb with tuberous roots. It looks almost leafless as the leaves are minute, in opposite pairs, very sparsely distributed in the bare stem. Leaves are small, fleshy and lance-shaped. Flowers are borne in few-flowered umbels. Flowers are large, goglet shaped, erect, beautifully variegated with yellow, green and purple. Mouth of the tube is much wider than other parts of the flowers. The united petals are light green in the lower half, dark green in the upper half.
Identification credit: Dinesh Valke
Photographed in Vellore, Tamilnadu.