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Ceropegia tentacula N.E. Br.
Description: Perennial twining herb with 1-2 annual stems, up to 0.5-3 m long, growing from a slightly flattened or concave tuberous rootstock. Milky sap present. Leaves opposite, variable, often on the same plant from linear-oblong to ovate-lanceolate, 1-7 cm long, fleshy, mostly hairless; base tapering into a petiole up to 8 mm; margin often wavy. Flowers in 1-many-flowered sessile axillary clusters. Corolla tube, c. 2 cm long, slightly curved, slender with a subglobose swelling at the base, pale purplish, greenish in the upper third; lobes lanceolate, 5-7 mm long, tapering into a long thread-like tip; lobes often spreading, sometimes with hair-like tips inflexed and connected, pale yellowish-green. Fruit in 2 follicles, fusiform, up to 16 cm long.
Notes: Note: plants with the corolla lobes spreading or forming a "cage" were formerly recognized as different subspecies but are now generally considered as just forms of the same species.
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Habitat: Among stones among bushes or in sand among trees.
Altitude range: (metres)
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Limpopo, North-West, Freestate and Gauteng, South Africa
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Images last updated: Monday 27 December 2010
Bruyns, P.V. (2014). The Apocynaceae of Namibia Strelitzia 34 SANBI, Pretoria, South Africa Page 89.
Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 25. Comments
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Other sources of information about Ceropegia multiflora subsp. tentacula: Our websites: Flora of Botswana
Ceropegia multiflora subsp. tentacula Flora of Caprivi
Ceropegia multiflora subsp. tentacula External websites: African Plant Database
Ceropegia multiflora Biodiversity Explorer
(Biodiversity of southern Africa):
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Ceropegia multiflora ePIC
(electronic Plant Information Center):
Ceropegia multiflora Flora Zambesiaca
Ceropegia multiflora Google
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Ceropegia multiflora IPNI
(International Plant Names Index):
Ceropegia multiflora Ispot Southern Africa
Ceropegia multiflora JSTOR Plant Science
Ceropegia multiflora Kew Herbarium catalogue
Ceropegia multiflora Tropicos
Ceropegia multiflora West African Plants database
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M.
Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Ceropegia multiflora subsp. tentacula.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=146410, retrieved 10 December 2016
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