How many distinct genera are actually included in the genus Ceropegia?

How many distinct genera are actually included in the genus Ceropegia?

More than one 😉 , see here.:

Ceropegia includes more than 200 species distributed in the Old World ranging from the Canary Islands to Australia. In India, there are about 50 species described on a morphological basis as belonging to Ceropegia, and most of them are endemic to the Western Ghats. To investigate evolutionary relationships among Indian Ceropegia taxa and their allies, a phylogenetic analysis was conducted to include 31 Indian taxa of Ceropegia and Brachystelma and their congeners from other geographical regions using nuclear ribosomal internal transcribed spacer (ITS) and three noncoding chloroplast DNA (cpDNA) sequences, including intergenic spacers trnT-L and trnL-F, and trnL intron. The Western Ghats Ceropegia species were found to be most closely related to Indian Brachystelma, with the two genera being placed sister to each other in the ITS phylogeny or with the Brachystelma clade nested within one of the two subclades of Indian Ceropegia in the cpDNA phylogeny. In contrast, Ceropegia species from other regions and African Brachystelma all formed separate clades basal to the Indian Ceropegia–Brachystelma clade. Thus, it can be concluded that the classical morphology-based delineation of the two genera needs revision to reflect their phylogenetic relationships, which are more in accordance with their geographical origin than with morphology.



– Siddharthan Surveswaran; Mayur Y. Kamble; Shrirang R. Yadav; Mei Sun: Molecular phylogeny of Ceropegia (Asclepiadoideae, Apocynaceae) from Indian Western Ghats. Plant Systematics and Evolution 281(1-4): 51-63. 2009


In short, the genus Ceropegia is in fact not a single genus, and will probably be split into several distinct genera some day.


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