Spiral Ceropegia
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Spiral Ceropegia
ative Photo: Shaista Ahmad
Common name: Spiral Ceropegia • Marathi: Pilachi Khantudi
Botanical name: Ceropegia spiralis    Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)

Spiral Ceropegia is a small perennial herb, 20-30 cm tall, with weak, erect stem. Tubers are 1-2 cm, spherical. Oppositely arranged leaves are linear-lanceshaped, 3-5 cm long, grass-like, pointed, with small leaf-stalk 3-5 mm. Flowers are borne in 3-5-flowered clusters in upper leaf axils. Cluster is carried on 2-3 cm long stalk. Flower-tube is swollen at the base, bent above. Lobes of the tube are spirally twisted. There are long purple hairs on the lobes. Seed-pods are linear, 5-7 cm long. Spiral Ceropegia is found in Western Ghats.

Identification credit: Navendu Pāgé
Photographed at Devarayana Durga, Karnataka.
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