Sword-Leaf Ceropegia
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Sword-Leaf Ceropegia
P Native Photo: S. Jeevith
Common name: Sword-Leaf Ceropegia
Botanical name: Ceropegia ensifolia    Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)
Synonyms: Ceropegia albiflora, Ceropegia ciliata subsp. ensifolia

Sword-Leaf Ceropegia is a hairless twiner with tuber 2.5 cm across, nearly spherical. Leaves are up to 10 x 0.5 cm, linear-lanceshaped, tapering, base narrowed into a short leaf-stalk. Flowers are borne in cymes 5-10 cm long, in leaf-axils, velvet-hairy. Flowers are green, few together; sepals 4 x 1 mm, lanceshaped; flower tube 1.5 cm long, slightly swollen below, narrow above; lobes 1.5 cm long, oblong, hairless; outer corona 2 mm across, lobes triangular, fringed with hairs; inner corona spoon-shaped, 1.5 mm long, fringed with hairs towards base. Sword-Leaf Ceropegia is endemic to Southern Western Ghats. Flowering: August-October.

Identification credit: S. Jeevith Photographed in The Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu.

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