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Shining Ceropegia   
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Shining Ceropegia
P Native Photo: Dharmendra Khandal
Common name: Shining Ceropegia
Botanical name: Ceropegia lucida    Family: Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed family)

Shining Ceropegia is a perennial, extensive twinning herb, with stem sparsely hairy to hairless. It was presumed to be extinct but has been rediscovered recently in Sikkim in 2009 and in Arunachal Pradesh in 2017. It is called shining because of the bright green colored leaves. Leaves are simple, opposite-decussate, exstipulate, stalked; leaf-stalk 0.8-1 cm long, slender, hairy. Leaf blade is 7-9 cm long, elliptic-lanceshaped, oblong-lanceshaped, pointed to tapering at tip, narrowed at base, slightly fleshy, dark green above, pale below, hairless, ciliolate along margin. Flowers are borne in leaf-axils, in 4-6-flowered umbellate cymes, flower-cluster-stalk about 2 cm long, finely velvet-hairy, fleshy. Flowers are yellowish-green with purple spots, stalked, stalk 1-1.8 cm long, round, hairless. Calyx is 5-partite, sepals linear-subulate, hairless. Flowers are 1.8-2.7 cm long; flower tube 1.2-2.5 cm long, cylindrical throughout, hardly dilated at base, cylindrical, funnel-shaped at throat, with ring of hairs at the throat of dilated part. Petals are 0.7-2.5 cm long, greenish-yellow blotched with purple, broadly or elliptic-oblong, spoon-shaped, fused at the tip, transluscent hairy along margins at upper half, hairs are considerably long. Corona biseriate, outer corona with five shortly bifid-deltoid lobes, fringed with hairs along margin; inner corona of 5 erectodivergent linear-club-shaped, lobes. Shining Ceropegia is found in NE India and parts of SE Asia. Flowering: September-November.

Identification credit: Sushant More Photographed in Namdhapha National Park, Arunachal Pradesh.

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