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.




It doesn’t happen very often, but it happens – I have no idea what species this is, anyway, here it is, from Tanzania, Ceropegia sp..

already out of the box …

look how small this thing is, I mean, look how small ….   😛


EDIT: This might in fact be Ceropegia cataphyllaris Bullock or something closely related.


edited: 12.06.2018

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. ‘Satpura Tiger Reserve’

Ceropegia sp. ‘Satpura Tiger Reserve’

These plants were photographed in the Satpura Tiger Reserve in the Hoshangabad District of Madhya Pradesh / India, it bears some similarities to Ceropegia angustifolia Wight or Ceropegia hirsuta Wight & Arnott, yet appears to be distinct from both of them.

There appears to be a climbing form (last photo) and a non-climbing form (first two photos).





Photos: N.S. Dungriyal; by courtesy of N.S. Dungriyal

Ceropegia sp. ‘Nimba Mountains’

Ceropegia sp. ‘Nimba Mountains’

This plant was photographed in 2012 on the Nimba Mountains (lowland area to NE, near Gbakoré, adjacent to Cavally River) in Guinea.

This may be a member of the species group around Ceropegia campanulata G. Don, however, its flower does not resemble any of the Ceropegia flowers known to me.


The upright-growing grassland species are not well known and are in need of a revision.




Photos: Peter B. Phillipson

(under creative commons licence (3.0))

Ceropegia sp. ‘Malawi’ = Ceropegia achtenii

Ceropegia sp. ‘Malawi’ = Ceropegia achtenii

This plant was photographed at the Natures Gift Farm; Lilonge / Malawi, it appears to be a new species, which has also been recognized as such and will probably soon (sooner or later) be described.



Photo: Günter Baumann



EDIT: The plant was identified by Mike Gilbert as Ceropegia achtenii De Wild..

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

… gekauft als / … bought as Ceropegia paricyma

… gekauft als Ceropegia paricyma

Zuerst, die echte Ceropegia paricyma N. E. Br., die wohl am nächsten mit Ceropegia papillata N. E. Br. verwandt ist, ist eine der nicht-sukkulenten Arten (!), deren oberirdische Teile saisonal absterben.

Die Art besitzt eine kleine, unterirdische Speicherknolle und hat recht große, mehr oder weniger gezahnten Blätter.


Die Pflanze, die ich habe, ist meiner Meinung nach eine Ceropegia decidua ssp. pretoriensis R. A. Dyer, wohl gekreuzt mit einer anderen Ceropegia sp..

Die Blüte ist winzig, nur etwa 2 cm lang – ist nun aber schon seit mindestens 8 Tagen geöffnet!


… bought as Ceropegia paricyma

First, the real Ceropegia paricyma N. E. Br., which is probably most closely related to Ceropegia papillata N. E. Br., is one of the non-succulent species (!), whose above-ground parts die back seasonally.

The species bears a small, subterranean storage tuber and has quite large, more or less serrated leaves.


The plant, that I have, according to my opinion is a Ceropegia decidua ssp. pretoriensis R. A. Dyer, possibly crossbred with some other Ceropegia sp..

The flower is tiny, only about 2 cm long – but is open now for at least 8 days!



Ceropegia arnottiana – a new species from Thailand in the German trade

Ceropegia arnottiana – a new species from Thailand in the German trade

Remember the (possibly) new species from Thailand, which appeared in the German trade?

Well, this is its flower, a very impressive one.

But still the question remains – which species is this?

Well, according to the website of Apodagis it may be Ceropegia arnottiana.


Photo: Andreas Eulen; by courtesy of Andreas Eulen


This is now identified as Ceropegia arnottiana.