Tender Ceropegia
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Tender Ceropegia
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Tender Ceropegia • Marathi: Sada Khantudi
Botanical name: Ceropegia attenuata    Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)

Tender Ceropegia is a small perennial herb, growing up to 20-30 cm tall. Tubers are 2 cm across, round and flattened. Oppositely arranged linear- lanceshaped leaves are 2-10 cm long, pointed at the tip, and narrowed at the base. Flowers are borne in flat-topped clusters at the end of branches. The stalks carrying the clusters, 2 cm long, arise from upper leaf axils. Flower stalks are 1 cm long. Flower tube is swollen at the base, and the linear, hairy, tender petals are 3-4 cm long. The narrow petals are joined at the tip, forming a large ovoid dome. Seed-pods are linear, 5-8 cm long. Flowering: September.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale, Arun Chandore Photographed in Panvel, Maharashtra & Vengurla, Konkan, Karnataka.

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