Spotted Ceropegia   
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Spotted Ceropegia
P Native Photo: S. Jeevith
Common name: Spotted Ceropegia
Botanical name: Ceropegia maculata    Family: Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed family)
Synonyms: Ceropegia schumanniana

Spotted Ceropegia is a slender hairless herb with leaves up to 8.5 x 5.5 cm, ovate, pointed or tapering, base blunt or rounded, membranous; nerves 3 pairs; leaf-stalk to 2.5 cm long. Flower-cluster-stalks are shorter than the leaf-stalks. Flowers are few to many, arranged in umbels. Flower-stalks are 1 cm long; sepals 3 mm long, linear. Flowers are up to 1.8 cm long, base slightly inflated, greenish-violet on lower 2/3, white above, thinly hairy in a ring inside, petals 4 mm long, ovate, bluish-green, sparsely hairy; outer corona of 5 lobes, each deeply divided, hairy at base; inner corona linear as long as or slightly longer than the outer. Spotted Ceropegia is endemic to Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Sri Lanka. Flowering: September-November.

Identification credit: S. Jeevith Photographed in Theppakulam, Thenmala RF, Kerala.

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