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Medium Ceropegia (मेडी खरचुडी)

Ceropegia media

Description:

It is a tuberous, twining, narrow to broad leaved species with many flowered cyme. Medium Ceropegia is a slender twinning climber 1-2 m long. Stems are slender, purple, and root tuberous. Oppositely arranged leaves are narrowly linear, lanceshaped, 5-15 cm long. Leaves are hairy with a rounded base. Flowers arise in leaf axils in clusters of 2-4. The stalk carrying the cluster is 2-4 cm long. Flower-stalks are 1-2 cm long, hairy. Flowers are 2-3 cm long, with a 2 cm long tube, slightly inflated at the base. The tube enlarges at the top, to a purple mouth. The petals at the top are purple, 1 cm long.

Habitat:

It grows around the bushes, shrubs and in grasses on steep slopes along forest borders of higher elevations of main Sahyadri ranges. It shows fairly good fruit and seed setting. Medium Ceropegia is found at higher elevations in the Western Ghats. Flowering: August-September.

Notes:

Endemic to Maharashtra and Endangered. The tubers are edible. The flowers are delicate and of ornamental value. It is difficult to maintain in Gardens and in-situ conservation is essential.

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Rajas Deshpande
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Rajas Deshpande

Maharashtra, India

Spotted on Sep 8, 2013
Submitted on Sep 10, 2013

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