January 2014

the old picture – Ceropegia meyeri-johannis



Ceropegia meyeri-johannis Engl.

Depiction from: ‘Adolf Engler: Die Pflanzenwelt Ost-Afrikas und der Nachbargebiete 3. Berlin, D. Reimer 1895’



Ceropegia metziana Miq.

Diese Art, die in Südindien und wahrscheinlich auch in Sri Lanka verbreitet ist, wurde im Jahr 1852 beschrieben.


Es handelt sich um eine wüchsige Liane mit faserigen Wurzeln, die in Höhenlagen von 1200 bis 2000 m in den immergrünen Wäldern ihrer Heimat vorkommt, wo sie jedoch mittlerweile recht selten geworden ist.

Die Triebe sind, von den Nodien abgesehen, unbehaart, die Blätter haben einen 2 bis 3 cm langen Stiel, sie sind oval bis länglich oval geformt, bis zu 15 cm lang und 5 cm breit.

Die Blüten erscheinen an wenigblütigen Cymen, die Pedunkel sind 2 cm lang, die Blütenstiele sind 2 bis 2,5 cm lang, die Blüten selbst sind bis zu 7,5 cm lang. [1][2]


Das Volk der Kattunaikka, das im Wayanad-Distrikt im indischen Bundesstaates Kerala siedelt, nennt die Art Palankeera und verwendet alle Teile der Pflanze als Gemüse. [3]


Ceropegia metziana Miq.

This species, which occurs in South India, and probably in Sri Lanka as well, was described in the year 1852.


It is a vigorous liana with fibrous roots, which grows at elevations of 1200 to 2000 m in the evergreen forests of its home range, where it, however, has become quite rare in the meantime.

The stems, except for the nodes, are glabrous, the leaves have a 2 to 3 cm long petiole, they are ovate to ovate-oblong shaped, up to 15 cm long and 5 cm wide.

The flowers appear in few-flowered cymes, the peduncles are 2 cm long, the pedicels are 2 to 2,5 cm long, the flowers themselves are up to 7,5 cm long. [1][2]


The people of the Kattunaikka tribe, which settle in the Wayanad District in the Indian state of Kerala, call the species Palankeera and use all parts of the plant as a vegetable. [3]


Referenzen / References:

[1] M. Y. Ansari: Asclepiadaceae: Genus Ceropegia. Fasc. 16: 1-34. In: Flora of India. Calcutta: Botanical Survey of India 1984
[2] N. Sasidharan: Floristic Studies in Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary. KFRI Research Report No: 246. 2002
[3] M. K. Ratheesh Narayanan; N. Anilkumar; V. Balakrishnan; M. Sivadasan; H. Ahmed Alfarhan; A. A. Alatar: Wild ebible plants used by the Kattunaikka, Paniya and Kuruma tribes of Wayanad District, Kerala, India. Journal of Medicinal Plants Research 5(15): 3520-3529. 2011



Foto / Photo: Navendu Page; by courtesy of Navendu Page


What I planned for 2014

For this year, I plan to collect not only every single dropped flower, but also every single dropped part of my plants – my plan is to get an idea of how much biomass they produce during a single year.

Oh, and I plan to prune at least all those plants that could not be pruned in 2013 because of the shitty wonderful winter weather in spring.


The ‘census’ resulted in a number of many, many flowers, for example: Ceropegia cimiciodora with 166 flowers (35 more than last year), Ceropegia rupicola with 99 flowers (4 more than last year), Ceropegia sandersonii with 98 flowers (28 less than last year), and Ceropegia robynsiana with 43 flowers.

The small ones are to much wrinkled to be properly identified.




I lost at least two plants, Ceropegia africana, which suddenly was dead from one day to the other, and Ceropegia lugardae, which died back to the roots (which seem to have disappeared completely)

EDIT: I found another one to be dead – Ceropegia arnottiana (shit!)