photo of the week – Ceropegia umbraticola

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Photo: Mike Bingham; by courtesy of Mike Bingham

http://www.zambiaflora.com

And another one …

You can never have too many Ceropegias, this Ceropegia sandersonii is slightly different from my three other plants, so I just could not resist ….  😉

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photo of the week – Ceropegia vincaefolia

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Photo: Jayesh Pail

(under creative commons license (2.0))
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photo of the week – Ceropegia lugardae

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Photo: B. Strohbach
http://www.southernafricanplants.net

photo of the week – Ceropegia stapeliiformis

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Photo: Bahamut Chao

(under creative commons license (2.0))
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Ceropegia laikipiensis Masinde

Diese Art wurde im Jahr 2004 beschrieben, sie gehört zu unmittelbaren Verwandtschaft von Ceropegia kaariyei Thulin, Ceropegia subaphylla K. Schum. und Ceropegia tihamana Chaudhary & Lavranos.

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Die unterirdischen Organe der Pflanze sind nicht bekannt, sie dürfte jedoch eine Speicherknolle besitzen, wie sie auch ihre nächsten Verwandten besitzen.

Der Trieb wächst windend, ist unbehaart und erreicht Längen von etwa 1 m.

Die Blätter sind klein und schuppenartig, sie finden sich nur am oberen Teil des Triebes und werden bald abgeworfen.

Die Blüten erscheinen in ein- bis dreiblütigen Cymen, sie erreichen eine Größe von 2,8 bis ca. 4 cm und weisen in der Mitte der Blütenröhre einen charakteristischen knieartigen Knick auf. Die Kronzipfel sind fadenartig dünn und bilden einen typischen ‘Ceropegia-Käfig’. [1]

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Die wahrscheinlich sehr seltene Art ist nur anhand von drei Aufsammlungen bekannt, die allesamt vom Laikipia-Plateau in der kenianischen Rift-Valley-Provinz stammen. [1]

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Ceropegia laikipiensis Masinde

This species was described in the year 2004, it is most closely related to species like Ceropegia kaariyei Thulin, Ceropegia subaphylla K. Schum. and Ceropegia tihamana Chaudhary & Lavranos.

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The subterranean parts of the plant are unknown, however, it may most probably have a storage tuber, just like its closest relatives do have one.

The stem grows twining, is pubescent and reaches lengthes of about 1 m.

The leaves are small and scale-like, they are found only in the upper part of the stem and are soon shed.

The flowers appear in one- to three-flowered cymes, they reach a size of 2,8 to about 4 cm and bear a characteristical knee-like kink in the middle of the flower tube. The petals are thread-like thin and form a typical ‘Ceropegia cage’. [1]

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The probably very rare species is known only from three collections, all of which were made on the Laikipia plateau in the Kenyan Rift Valley Province. [1]

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Referenzen / References:

[1] P. Siro Masinde: Two new Ceropegia (Apocynaceae: Asclepiadoideae-Ceropegiaieae) species from Kenya. Kew Bulletin 59(2): 241-245. 2004

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Darstellung / Depiction: Pictures appear as soon as possible, since I’m currently “back to school”.

Botanical drawings – Ceropegia gardneri

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Ceropegia gardneri Hook. = Ceropegia elegans Wall.

Depiction from: ‘Curtis’s Botanical Magazine 88. 1862’

http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org

photo of the week – Ceropegia purpurascens

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Photo: Mike Bingham; by courtesy of Mike Bingham

http://www.zambiaflora.com

… just for no reason ….

A glass full of seeds of Ceropegia rupicola, cheers!  😛

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EGA Erfurt / Thuringia / Germany

The EGA (Erfurter Garten Austellung – Erfurtian Garden Exhibition) is not a Botanical Garden, not at all, but it harbours a collection of succulent plants, including three Ceropegia species, one of them is a quite old and very large Ceropegia fusca.:

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The second one is the usual and overly common Ceropegia linearis ssp. woodii.:

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The last one is Ceropegia stapeliiformis, which is climbing through a large Euphorbia bush; photographed through a very worn acrylic glass window.:

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