Ceropegia manoharii – a new species from India

Ceropegia manoharii Sujanapal, P.M.Salim, Anil Kumar & Sasidh.

Indian scientists have discovered and described a new Ceropegia species in the Western Ghats. Ceropegia manoharii, so the name of this new species, has been described obviously already in December 2010.

Unfortunately I couldn’t find anything about it except for a single article and copies of it – a citation from this article follows.:

Ceropegia manoharii belongs to a rare plant group evoking scientific curiosity, with its many members endemic to the Western Ghats and having unusual flowers.”

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source:

– E. M. Manoj: Floral chests of Western Ghats still hold many more surprises. The Hindu; Kalpetta, December 15, 2010
– P. Sujanapal; P. M. Salim; N. Anil Kumar, N. Sasidharan: A new species of Ceropegia (Apocynaceae: Asclepiadoideae) from India with notes on rare and threatened Ceropegia in Nilgiris of Western Ghats. Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas 7(1): 341-345. 2013

EDIT: this species was officially described in the year 2013.

Ceropegia bhatii – a new species from India

Ceropegia bhatii S. R. Yadav & Shendage

This species was first discovered in the year 2008 and has been described in 2010.

It is a twining species, which is in some aspects somewhat similar to both Ceropegia attenuata Hook. as well as to Ceropegia noorjahaniae M. A. Ansari.

The stem reaches only 0,1 to 0,2 in diameter and grows out of an small subterranean tuber, which has a size of 2 to 2,5 cm in diameter. It grows twining and reaches a length of about 1 m.

The leaves are narrow lancet-shaped, 4,5 to 9 cm long and 0,4 to 1,5 cm wide, they sit on an 0,5 to 0,8 cm long petiole.

The about 4 cm long flowers of this species resemble those of Ceropegia noorjahaniae, but are narrower and have proportionally longer corolla lobes. They appear in two-flowered cymes, which are born between the leaf axills on the upper part of the stem. The flowers are completely yellowish green on the outside, on the inside they are speckled with purplish red spots.

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The species’ range of distribution is, as known up to now, limited to an only 5 km² large area, which harbours a population of only thirty-five individuals. Ceropegia bhatii is therefore one of those species which are acutely threatened with extinction, a fate that it shares with many other indian members of its genus.

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source:

– S. R. Yadav; S. M. Shendage: Ceropegia bhatii, a new species of Apocynaceae: Ceropegieae from Karnataka, India. Kew Bull. 65(1-4): 107-110. 2010