Purple-Hairy Ceropegia
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Purple-Hairy Ceropegia
P Native Photo: S. Jeevith
Common name: Purple-Hairy Ceropegia
Botanical name: Ceropegia fimbriifera    Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)

Purple-Hairy Ceropegia is an erect tuber-forming herbs, with stem round, hairless, internodes 2-4 cm long. Leaves are simple, linear, up to 12 x 0.5 cm, base and tip pointed, margin entire, 1-nerved, becoming hairless; leaf-stalk absent or very minute. Flowers are greenish-yellow, borne singly only flower-stalks about 5 mm long, hairless. Bracts are subulate, 1-2 mm long; sepals 5, linear, about 3 mm long. Flower tube more or less 2 cm long, inflated below, tubular portion about 1 cm long, hairless inside. Petals are 5, lanceate, about 1 cm long, fused at tip, purple-hairy inside at base; corona lobes 10, 2-seriate, outer lobes bifid, subulate, divergent, inner lobes spoon-shaped; anther without appendages, pollen masses waxy; ovaries 2, style-tip flat. Purple-Hairy Ceropegia is endemic to Southern Western Ghats. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: S. Jeevith, C. Rajasekar Photographed in the Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu.

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