November 2016

Botanical drawings – Ceropegia ciliata



Ceropegia ciliata Wight

Depiction from: ‘R. Wight: Icones Plantarum Indiae Orientalis. Madras: published by J.B. Pharoah for the author 1840-1853′

Photo of the week – Ceropegia nilotica



Photo: Warren McCleland

Things are getting worse ….



Mealybugs – probably among the most destructive critters You can find on Your plants, and it seems You always find them just when it’s too late to do something.

Fortunately I have a quite helpful weapon against sucking pests: cigarettes, at least they are very helpful when it comes to aphids, so I think they must be good to kill mealybugs too.



Take one cigarette for 1 Liter water, let them macerate in the water, and after about 24 hours You have a poison that is absolutely lethal to any animal while it is harmless to plants.

Seriously, don’t drink that!!!

Ceropegia ravikumariana Kambale & Gnanasek.

Diese unauffällige, neue kletternde Art aus dem Tirunelveli-Distrikt in Tamil Nadu, Indien, wird mit Ceropegia candelabrum L. verglichen, ihre Blüten erinnern mich jedoch an die der aufrechtwachsenden Ceropegia-Arten wie Ceropegia sahyadrica M. Y. Ansari & Kulkarni.


Ceropegia ravikumariana Kambale & Gnanasek.

This inconspicous, new climbing species from the Tirunelveli District in Tamil Nadu, India, is compared to Ceropegia candelabrum L., its flowers, however, remind me on those of the upright-growing Ceropegia species like Ceropegia sahyadrica M. Y. Ansari & Kulkarni.



– S. S. Kambale; G. Gnanasekaran: Ceropegia ravikumariana (Apocynaceae: Ceropegieae), a new species from the Western Ghats of Tamil Nadu, India. Rheedea 26(1): 57-61.2016

photo of the week – Ceropegia linearis ssp. woodii



Photo: Alexander Lang

photo of the week – Ceropegia sandersonii



Photo: Maya Dumat

(under creative commons licence (2.0))

photo of the week – Ceropegia macmasteri



Photo: Marco Schmidt

Ceropegia madagascariensis Decne.

Diese Art aus den tropischen Regenwäldern Madagaskars hat eine unterirdische Knolle, die nur etwa 2 cm Durchmesser erreicht.

Die Triebe sind sehr zart und wachsen windend, erreichen Längen von 0,5 bis 1,5 m, sie sind sehr hell grün und kräftig rosa überhaucht.

Die Blätter haben einen 1 bis 2 cm langen Stiel, sie sind fleischig aber nicht sukkulent, herzförmig, 2 bis 4,5 cm lang, 1,5 bis 2 cm breit und an der Spitze auffällig ausgezogen.

Die Blüten erscheinen in ein- bis dreiblütigen Infloreszenzen und sind bis zu 3,5 cm lang, im unteren Drittel recht geschwollen. Die Blütenröhre ist weißlich bis hellgrün gefärbt und mit knallroten bis rotbraunen Flecken verziert, die Petalen sind innen kräftig gelb gefärbt und mit kräftig roten bis rotbraunen Punkten versehen. [1]


Ceropegia madagascariensis Decne.

This species from the tropical rainforests of Madagascar has a subterranean tuber, which has a size of only about 2 cm in diameter.

The stems are very delicate and grow twining, reaching lengths of 0,5 to 1,5 m, they are very light green with a bright rosy-coloured hue.

The leaves have a 1 to 2 cm long petiole, they are fleshy but not succulent, heart-shaped, 2 to 4,5 cm long, 1,5 to 2 cm wide and bear a conspicuously pointed apical portion.

The flowers appear in one- to three-flowered inflorescences and are up to 3,5 cm long with the lower third quite much swollen. The flower tube is whitish to light green coloured and decorated with bright red to reddish brown spots, the petals are bright yellow coloured on the inner surface and mottled with bright red to brick-red spots. [1]


Referenzen / References:

[1] Focke Albers; Ulrich Meve: Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants: Asclepiadaceae. Springer 2002
[2] Ambroise Valentin: Phylogenetic position of Ceropegia dichotoma and Ceropegia fusca and their biogeographical origin. Uppsala Universitet 2014


Darstellung / Depiction: Pictures appear as soon as possible, since I’m currently “back to school”.