Ceropegia sp. ‘Mavhuradonha Area’

Ceropegia sp. ‘Mavhuradonha Area’

This plant was found in the Mavhuradonha Area in Zimbabwe.

It is a small, obviously non-climbing plant, in growth very much resembling several Brachystelma species.

The whole plant is hirsute, the leaves are slightly heart-shaped and darker on their upper surface than underneath.

The flowers resemble those of some special, odd-flowering forms found in the complex containing Ceropegia affinis Vatke, Ceropegia carnosa E. Mey., and Ceropegia racemosa N. E. Br.. This complex is in need of a revision, since these taxa can be regarded to as a single, quite variable species or as several distinct ones.

Whatsoever, this new taxon, in my opinion, is clearly a member of that complex.



Photo: Bart Wursten; by courtesy of Bart Wursten


Ceropegia sp. ‘Nyika Plateau’

Ceropegia sp. ‘Nyika Plateau’

Diese eigenständige, jedoch bislang unbeschriebene Art ist nur anhand des Typusexemplars bekannt, das auf dem Nyika-Plateau in Malawi in ca. 1750 m Höhe gesammelt wurde.

Es ist eine knollenbildende Art, sie hat gelbliche Blüten die rot gestreift und deren Petalen am Ende verbunden sind. [1]


Die Pflanze wird derzeit unter der Bezeichnung Ceropegia sp. Goyder, Paton & Tawakali 3579 geführt. [1]


Ceropegia sp. ‘Nyika Plateau’

This distinct, but hitherto undescribed species is known only on the basis of the type specimen, which was collected on the Nyika Plateau in Malawi at about 1750 m elevation.

It is a tuber-forming species, it has yellowish flowers that bear red stripes and whose petals are joint at their tips. [1]


The plant is currently treated under the name Ceropegia sp. Goyder, Paton & Tawakali 3579. [1]


Referenzen / References:

[1] J. E. Burrows; C. K. Willis: Plants of the Nyika Plateau: an account of the vegetation of the Nyika National Parks of Malawi and Zambia. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 31. SABONET, Pretoria 2005

A (definitely) new Ceropegia from Thailand

A (definitely) new Ceropegia from Thailand

… and I don’t talk about Ceropegia thailandica.

This spectacular plant is, in my opinion, an up to now completly unknown, new species.

The stems are reddish brown and shortly hirsute throughout.

The leaves are narrowly to broad egg-shaped, dark green, with reddish brown edges, as well as with a short, also reddish brown petiole, and hirsute too.

The quite large flowers appear in a threesome at long stemed cymes. They appear a bit like a mix of the flowers of the two species Ceropegia simonea and Ceropegia spiralis. The bottom and the flower-tube are greenish yellow in colour and are heavily speckled with brown. The petals, which open to large mouths, are lemon-yellow to greenish yellow in colour. The upper parts are yellowish brown in colouration, elongated thread-like and twisted screw-like without beeing united at the end.

This plant grows obviously in grassland.


The plant was found and photographed in the Sai Thong National Park / Chaiyaphum Province / Thailand by Shuichiro Tagane.

Photo: Shuichiro Tagane; by courtesy of Shuichiro Tagane