Photo of the week – Ceropegia ampliata

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Photo: Pilot Micha

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Photo of the week – Ceropegia ampliata

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Photo: Pilot Micha

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Photo of the week – Ceropegia ampliata

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photo of the week – Ceropegia ampliata

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Parasites and parasitism

Of course the leaves of Ceropegia are consumed by different kinds of insects, yet there appear not to be much information of such cases, but an example is given in O. A. Leistner’s “Flora of Southern Africa”, 1980.:

“It is difficult to get complete specimens with seed, flowers and leaves, as the last are usually stung by some fly and drop off when the maggots hatch.”

(source: H. R. Brownlee in 1935 while studying Ceropegia plant material) [1]

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The fruit fly species Dacus apoxanthus Bezzi (family Tephritidae) is known to parasitize the flower buds of Ceropegia ampliata E. Mey., resulting in the flower buds becoming translucent, and in the flowers wilting thereafter. [2]

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I hope that there will be more studies to come.

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References:

[1] O. A. Leistner: Flora of Southern Africa 27(4). Botanical Research Institute, Dept. of Agricultural Technical Services 1980
[2] Gareth Coombs; Anthony P. Dold; Craig I. Peter: Generealized fly-pollination in Ceropegia ampliata (Apocynaceae – Asclepiadoideae): teh role of trapping hairs in pollen export and receipt. Plant Systematics and Evolution 296(1): 137-148. 2011

Nachtrag zu “Der dritte Neuzugang in 2013”

Die Ceropegia ampliata-Pflanze hat sich als stark mit Bakterien infiziert entpuppt, selbiges gilt auch für die Ceropegia albisepta-Pflanze, die Erstere habe ich eben entsorgt, die andere bekommt eine kurze Gnadenfrist.

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Supplement to “The third new addition in 2013”

The Ceropegia ampliata turned out to be badly infected with bacteria, the same seems to be the case with the Ceropegia albisepta plant, the first one I have discarded just now, the other one gets a short reprieve.

EDIT: the two ‘species’ Ceropegia floribunda and Ceropegia rendallii both turned out to be Ceropegia multiflora – I have to admit now, that I’m quite disappointed, firstly because of the high prices, and then because of the bad quality of the plants, and the labelling.

Der dritte Neuzugang in 2013

Heute war ich in der Gärtnerei ‘Flores’ – zum allerersten mal.

Diese Gärtnerei ist größer als ich dachte, obwohl ich vorher Fotos davon gesehen hatte, wie auch immer, die Inhaber sind sehr nett und ihr Angebot ist wirklich groß, hier nur kurz eine kleine Liste der Neuzugänge, ich hätte noch mehr kaufen können.:

Ceropegia albisepta
Ceropegia ampliata
Ceropegia floribunda
Ceropegia lugardae
Ceropegia paricyma
Ceropegia rendallii

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The third new Addition in 2013

Today I was in the nursery ‘Flores’ – for the very first time.

This nursery is much larger than I thought, despite the fact that I have seen pictures of it before, however, the owners are very kind, and their offer is really a large one, here in short a little list of the new additions, I could have bought much more.:

Ceropegia albisepta
Ceropegia ampliata
Ceropegia floribunda
Ceropegia lugardae
Ceropegia paricyma
Ceropegia rendallii

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hier ein link zur Gärtnerei / here a link to the nursery:

http://www.flores-reinecke.de