Another (definitely) new Ceropegia from Thailand = Ceropegia cochleata Kidyoo

Another very strinking plant was found and photographed by Rapeepattadha Chamwong in the Phu Kradueng National Park in the Loei Province of Thailand.

At first glance I thought it to be identical with the plant tag-named by me as Ceropegia sp. ‘Sai Thong’ posted here at 25. January 2011:

But I recognized some differences, which may more or less important.:

The shape of the leaves isn’t the same in both plants, but this may not be of taxonomic interest. The flower differs in it’s shape and colouration, again this may not be of great taxonomic importance.

But, the plant photographed in the Phu Kradueng National Park seems to have only a very short peduncle or even no peduncle at all (Ceropegia sp. ‘Sai Thong’ has a quite large one, as can be seen in the photograph), furthermore the flowers seem to appear singly (whereas they appear in small groups in Ceropegia sp. ‘Sai Thong’), and I’m quite sure that these two facts may indeed be of some interest for an taxonomist!

Anyway, this one also seems to be a distinct and up to now undescribed species!

See a photograph of this very attractive plant here:

Photo: Rapeepattadha Chamwong; by courtesy of Rapeepattadha Chamwong