Photo of the week – Ceropegia lugardae



Photo: B. Strohbach
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Photo of the week – Ceropegia affinis



Photo: Lisambanfield; by courtesy of the photographer

Ceropegia convolvuloides A. Rich.

Diese nahezu unbekannte und kaum erforschte Art, die im Jahr 1851 beschrieben wurde, ist offenbar in der Region des ‘Horns von Afrika’ endemisch, wo man sie aus Äthiopien und dem Nachbarland Eritrea kennt.

Einige der lokalen Namen in Äthiopien lauten Merokoua oder Merokua bzw. Shabina (in Aari), Teile der Pflanze werden gegessen. [1][2]


Die Triebe der wüchsigen, windenden Kletterpflanze sind behaart.

Die Blätter ähneln denen von Winden (daher auch der Artname) und ebenfalls behaart. [3]


Die Art gehört sehr wahrscheinlich zum Verwandtschaftskreis vom Ceropegia abyssinica Decne. und Ceropegia nigra N. E. Br., hat aber auch einiges mit den arabischen Arten Ceropegia foliosa Bruyns und Ceropegia sepium Deflers gemein. [3]


Ceropegia convolvuloides A. Rich.

This almost unknown and rather un-researched species, which was described in the year 1851, is obvioulsy endemic to the ‘Horn of Africa’ region, where it is known from Ethiopia and from the neighboring Eritrea.

Some of the local names in Ethiopia are Merokoua or Merokua resp. Shabina (in Aari), various parts of the plant are consumed. [1][2]


The stems of this fast-growing, twining climber are hirsute.

The leaves resemble those of bindweed (thus its species epithet) and are likewise hirsute. [3]


This species very probably belongs to the species group amongst Ceropegia abyssinica Decne. and Ceropegia nigra N. E. Br., however, it also has some affinities to the Arabian Ceropegia foliosa Bruyns and Ceropegia sepium Deflers. [3]


Referenzen / References:

[1] Achille Richard: Tentamen Florae Abyssinicae: seu Enumeratio Plantarum hucusque in plerisque Abyssiniae provinciis detectarum et praecipue a beatis doctoribus Richard, Quartin Dillon et Antonio Petit (annis 1838-1843) lectarum. Parisiis: Arthus Bertrand 1851
[2] G. Schweinfurth: Abyssinische Pflanzennamen. Phys. Abh. nicht zur Akad. gehör. Gelehrter. In: Abhandlungen der Königlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin II. 1-84. 1893
[3] Focke Albers; Ulrich Meve: Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants: Asclepiadaceae. Springer 2002



Foto / Photo: Richard A. Howard; mit freundlicher Genehmigung von / by courtesy of Rusty Russel, U.S. National Herbarium

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

Botanical drawings – Ceropegia africana



Ceropegia africana R. Br.

Depiction from: ‘Edwards’s Botanical Register. Vol. 8. London: James Ridgway 1822’

Photo of the week – Ceropegia linearis ssp. woodii



Photo: Martin Heigan

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Photo of the week – Ceropegia candelabrum



Photo: Vinayaraj

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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.

Photo of the week – Ceropegia vincaefolia



Photo: Swati Kulkarni

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Photo of the week – Ceropegia achtenii



Photo: Warren McCleland