A (probably new) Ceropegia species from Cambodia

A strange, and possibly new species was found and photographed in Cambodia by François Sockhom. He showed the plant on his blog at the 31. October 2010.

As far as I know no Ceropegia species was known from Cambodia up to now. But of course several species occur in the neighbouring countries, especially in Thailand.

See also Undetermined Ceropegia from Cambodia

This plant has some similarities to Ceropegia ciliata resp. Ceropegia ensifolia (of which I don’t know the flowers), both from India. It reminds me also on the vignaldiana leaf-form of the Ceropegia bulbosa complex, but it could also be Ceropegia sootepensis.

Actually I have no idea which species this may be, so I’d like to regard it as a new one.

Here is the plant, note the very narrow leaves and the very small flowers.:

A single flower, it looks somewhat similar to the flowers of Ceropegia bulbosa, but seems to lack any cilia at the lobes.

Both photographs taken by François Sockhom; shown here by courtesy of François Sockhom