6874.000 Ceropegia L.

Bruyns, P.V., Klak, C. & Hanáček, P. (2017) A revised, phylogenetically-based concept of Ceropegia (Apocynaceae) South African Journal of Botany 112 399-436

Dyer, R.A. (1980) Asclepiadaceae: Brachystelma, Ceropegia and Riocreuxia Flora of Southern Africa 27(4) 1 - 88

Goyder, D.J. (2007) Zimbabwean Asclepiadaceae. Unpublished list.

Description of the genus

Perennial herbs, mostly climbing or scrambling, sometimes erect, with tubers or fleshy or fibrous roots. Leaves opposite, simple, sometimes succulent. Flowers in umbel-like clusters, racemes or 1-several at the nodes. Sepals 5. Corolla tubular, usually with an inflated base; lobes free or connate into a cage or umbrella-like structure. Corona 2-seriate. Follicles fusiform. Seeds narrowly winged with an apical tuft of hairs.

Derivation of name: from Greek: keros, meaning wax and pege, a stream of fountains, referring to the waxy nature of some of the flowers.

Comment: For this genus we follow the concepts of Meve. More recent phylogenetic evidence has led to the forming of a very broad concept of the genus Ceropegia including the genus Brachystelma and all known genera within the Stapeliae (Bruyns, P.V., Klak, C. & Hanáček, P., 2017). We will await a broader form of acceptance of this new concept before changing the taxonomy in our database.

Worldwide: 160 species in Arabia, Africa, Madagascar and Australia

Zimbabwe: 27 taxa.

Insects associated with this genus:
Danaus chrysippus (African monarch) Food plant
Ceropegia linearis subsp. woodii

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
abyssinica Decne.N,C,EDescription, Image
achtenii De Wild. subsp. achtenii N
claviloba Werderm.E
crassifolia Schltr. var. crassifolia N,W,C
euryachme Schltr.N,W,C,E
linearis E. Mey. subsp. debilis (N.E. Br.) H. HuberC
linearis E. Mey. subsp. linearis N,C
linearis E. Mey. subsp. woodii (Schltr.) H. HuberN,W,C,EDescription, Image
lugardiae N.E. Br.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
meyeri Decne.N,W,C,EDescription, Image
meyeri-johannis Engl. var. verdickii (De Wild.) Werderm.N,C,E
multiflora Baker subsp. tentacula (N.E. Br.) H. HuberN,W,C,EDescription, Image
nilotica KotschyN,W,E,SDescription, Image
pachystelma Schltr.W
papillata N.E.Br.CDescription, Image
paricyma N.E. Br.E
purpurascens K. Schum.N,W,EDescription, Image
pygmaea Schinz var. pumila (N.E. Br.) H. HuberN,W,C,E,S
racemosa N.E. Br.N,C,EDescription, Image
racemosa N.E. Br. subsp. secamonoides (S. Moore) H. HuberN
rendallii N.E. Br.W,E
sankuruensis Schltr.C,E
sobolifera N.E. Br.N,CDescription, Image
sp. no. 1 [NrEnd?]EDescription, Image
stenantha K. Schum.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
verruculosa (R.A. Dyer) D.V. FieldW,E,S
volubilis N.E. Br.N,W,C

Other sources of information about Ceropegia:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Ceropegia
Flora of Caprivi: Ceropegia
Flora of Malawi: Ceropegia
Flora of Mozambique: Ceropegia
Flora of Zambia: Ceropegia
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Ceropegia
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Ceropegia

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Ceropegia
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Ceropegia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Ceropegia
Wikipedia: Ceropegia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Ceropegia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Ceropegia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Ceropegia.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1153, retrieved 14 May 2021

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