Ceropegia bhatii S. R. Yadav & Shendage

This species was first discovered in the year 2008 and has been described in 2010.

It is a twining species, which is in some aspects somewhat similar to both Ceropegia attenuata Hook. as well as to Ceropegia noorjahaniae M. A. Ansari.

The stem reaches only 0,1 to 0,2 in diameter and grows out of an small subterranean tuber, which has a size of 2 to 2,5 cm in diameter. It grows twining and reaches a length of about 1 m.

The leaves are narrow lancet-shaped, 4,5 to 9 cm long and 0,4 to 1,5 cm wide, they sit on an 0,5 to 0,8 cm long petiole.

The about 4 cm long flowers of this species resemble those of Ceropegia noorjahaniae, but are narrower and have proportionally longer corolla lobes. They appear in two-flowered cymes, which are born between the leaf axills on the upper part of the stem. The flowers are completely yellowish green on the outside, on the inside they are speckled with purplish red spots.

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The species’ range of distribution is, as known up to now, limited to an only 5 km² large area, which harbours a population of only thirty-five individuals. Ceropegia bhatii is therefore one of those species which are acutely threatened with extinction, a fate that it shares with many other indian members of its genus.

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source:

– S. R. Yadav; S. M. Shendage: Ceropegia bhatii, a new species of Apocynaceae: Ceropegieae from Karnataka, India. Kew Bull. 65(1-4): 107-110. 2010