Ceropegia purpurascens K. Schum.

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Ceropegia purpurascens

Photo: Mike Bingham
Lusaka, Protea Hill Farm, Lusaka SE 13km.

Ceropegia purpurascens

Photo: Mike Bingham
Lusaka, Protea Hill Farm, Lusaka SE 13km.

Ceropegia purpurascens

Photo: Nicholas Wightman
Growing naturally on Dabuyu Farms, Plot 67, Farm 401a Lilayi, Lusaka

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Synonyms: Ceropegia kassneri S. Moore
Ceropegia kwebensis N.E. Br.
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Status: Native
Perennial twining herb with annual stems, up to 1-2 m long, growing from a flattened tuberous rootstock. Milky sap present. Leaves opposite, heartshaped, up to c. 5 × 2.5 cm, cordate at the base, slightly fleshy, slightly hairy on both surfaces; petiole up to 1 cm. Flowers in few-many-flowered axillary inflorescences. Corolla tube c. 2 cm long, narrowing in the middle and bent at almost right angles, pale purplish, greenish on the widening upper third; lobes linear, 5-9 mm long, connecting at the tips to form a "cage", pale greenish with a dark purple mark at the base of the lobes; margins reflexed with long hair-like cilia. Fruit in 2 follicles, fusiform, up to 10 cm long.
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, DRC, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,E
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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 92.

Dyer, R.A. (1983). Ceropegia, Brachystelma and Riocreuxia in Southern Africa. Balkema

Malaisse, F. (1984). Recherches sur les Asclepiadaceae du Shaba (Zaire). I. Nouvelles Observations sur le genre Ceropegia L. Bulletin du Jardin botanique national de Belgique / Bulletin van de National Plantentuin van België, 54(1/2) Pages 222 - 224. as Ceropegia purpurascens subsp. purpurascens (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 26.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Ceropegia purpurascens.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=146450, retrieved 3 December 2016

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