Short-Stem Ceropegia
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Short-Stem Ceropegia
P Native Photo: Sushant More
Common name: Short-Stem Ceropegia
Botanical name: Ceropegia decaisneana    Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)
Synonyms: Ceropegia brevicaulis, Ceropegia gracilis, Ceropegia decaisneana var. brevicollis

Short-Stem Ceropegia is climber with tuberous root. It is named for Joseph Decaisne, 19th century Belgian-born French botanist, horticulturist. Leaves are 10-18 cm long, 1.2-4 cm broad, ovate-elliptic to linear-lanceshaped, tip ending abruptly in a small distinct point, base blunt, membranous; leaf-stalk 1.5 cm. Flowers are borne in cymes in leaf-axils, carried on flower-cluster-stalk up to 10 cm long. Flower-stalks are 1.2 cm long, calyx linear, 3 mm. Flowers are large, pale, spotted with pale purple. Flower base is inflated, sometimes 1.5 cm in diameter. Flower tube is 2 cm long, lobes 1.5 cm, lanceshaped; corona outer 1 mm, inner spoon-shaped, 2 mm. Short-Stem Ceropegia is endemic to Western Ghats. Flowering: October-December.

Identification credit: Sushant More Photographed in Coorg, Karnataka.

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