Maccani Ceropegia
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Maccani Ceropegia
ative Photo: Sushant More
Common name: Maccani Ceropegia
Botanical name: Ceropegia maccannii    Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)
Synonyms: Ceropegia lawii var. maccannii

Maccani Ceropegia is an erect perennial herb 3-4 feet tall. Leaves are ovate-lanceshaped, 9-12 x 4-6 cm, hairy above, hairlsess below. Flowers are small, 1.7-2.3 cm long, borne in clusters of 6-10. Flower-stalks are 6-10 mm, hairy. Calyx is 4-5 mm long, hairy on the dorsal side. Flowers are white to purplish grey outside, dark purple inside. Lobes are obovate, 2-3 x 2 mm, pointed at tips, creamy white to yellow outside, yellowish-orange inside, hairless, fused at tips forming a minute obovate or obconic head, 2-3 mm in diameter. Outer corona is cup-shaped, 5–lobed, each with a short notch in the middle or slightly bifid, hairy. Pollen masses yellow. Seed-pods are in pairs, about 1.5 x 0.5 cm, hairless. Seeds small, comose. It is endemic to Western Ghats. Flowering: July-August.

Identification credit: Sushant More Photographed at Sihangad fort, Pune, Maharashtra.

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