What is this?

The newest member of my Ceropegia family has its first flower open now.:

It smells exactly like the flowers of the species from the Ceropegia africana/linearis species complex, yet the plant is completely different in being absolutely non-succulent, not climbing, and the flower’s appearance remains my on those of species like Ceropegia meyeri etc..

I have now idea what species this might be.


What will happen in 2018?

What will happen in 2018?

In the bygone year I could increase my Ceropegia collection from about 47 to about 54 clones (… it’s always “about” because plants come and plants go ….).

In the coming year a relocation is planned, I hope for the better (… no mold infestation on the walls, more than one window, maybe a balcony ….), and I hope to get a grip on the continual spider mite infestations on my plants.



The altogether 3496 flowers of 2017 are as follows.:

Ceropegia aristolochioides ssp. deflersiana x rupicola – 6
Ceropegia hirsuta – 16
Ceropegia inornata – 32
Ceropegia nilotica – 49
Ceropegia occulta – 53
Ceropegia conrathii – 56
Ceropegia rhynchantha – 101
Ceropegia africana – 121
Ceropegia distincta ssp. haygarthii – 131
Ceropegia linearis ssp. woodii – 351
Ceropegia aristolochioides (incl. both ssp.) – 368
Ceropegia sandersonii – 435
Ceropegia aff. decidua – 436
Ceropegia papillata – 1341 (… and still flowering!)

Two for the price of one ….

Two for the price of one ….

Well I was wondering about the flowers of my Ceropegia aristolochioides ssp. deflersiana, which suddenly looked quite different from the first one, yet I just recognized that I obviously have at least two different clones of that plant – bought all together.


The two grow together, and because of the mass of stems I have no idea who is who.   😦

What will happen in 2017?

What will happen in 2017?

Well, not much … however, the species descriptions will appear two times within a month, one at the first, the other one at the 15th or so, so there will be 24 species descriptions altogether in the next year.

I’m still very busy with my schooling, but have my exams this year, and hopefully I may find more time then to do some drawings etc..




The flowers of 2016 are as follows.:

Ceropegia occulta – 9
Ceropegia cimiciodora – 10
Ceropegia conrathii – 11
Ceropegia multiflora – 13
Ceropegia linearis – 14
Ceropegia rendallii – 22
Ceropegia rhynchantha – 24
Ceropegia rupicola – 29
Ceropegia distincta ssp. haygarthii – 32
Ceropegia decidua – 58
Ceropegia aristolochioides ssp. deflersiana – 78
Ceropegia aristolochioides – 86
Ceropegia inornata – 93
Ceropegia nilotica – 97
Ceropegia africana – 161
Ceropegia linearis ssp. woodii – 284
Ceropegia sandersonii – 549

Landscaping with Ceropegia occulta

Landscaping with Ceropegia occulta

In the wild, Ceropegia occulata grows amongst so called Witteberg quartzite, which led to the plant being named locally as the “rock-hugging Ceropegia”.

I do not have an idea what exactly Witteberg quartzite are, but they obviously look quite like the stones that I have found around someone’s house.



Here is the supposed ‘landscape’, and one of the Ceropegia occulta next to it.



Here is the final ‘landscape’, well it’s just a planted pot with three stones after all ….   



The tubers and some cuttings, just stuck into the soil, I hope they will root.



These little wire clamps help to keep everything in place.

Things are getting worse ….

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!!!