Ceropegia meyeri Decne.

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Ceropegia meyeri

Photo: Helen Pickering
Victoria Falls: very close to the Livingstone statue overlooking the Falls

Ceropegia meyeri

Photo: Helen Pickering
Victoria Falls: very close to the Livingstone statue overlooking the Falls

Ceropegia meyeri

Photo: Helen Pickering
Victoria Falls: very close to the Livingstone statue overlooking the Falls

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Synonyms: Ceropegia pubescens E.Mey.
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial twining herb with annual stems, up to 1.5 m long, growing from a disc-like tuberous rootstock. Milky sap present. Leaves opposite, variable, lanceolate to ovate, up to 8 × 3 cm, cordate at the base, more or less pubescent; margin entire, lobed or appearing toothed with many very small short lobes. Flowers in 2-4-flowered axillary clusters. Corolla bottle-shaped, 4-6 cm long, swollen 7-9 mm wide in the basal two-thirds of the tube, white to greenish-white, more or less distinctly spotted or striped in the upper half; lobes linear, c. 1 cm long, curving inward and connecting at the tips to form a more or less spherical "cage", black with green stripes; margins reflexed with long hair-like cilia. Fruit in 2 erect, almost parallel, follicles, terete, linear-filiform, up to 10 cm long, hairless.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In grassland, open Mopane woodland or Combretum bushland, usually on sandy soils.
Altitude range: (metres) 850 - 1100 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Eswatini, and South Africa as far as the Eastern Cape.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E
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Images last updated: Saturday 1 August 2009

Bruyns, P.V. (2014). The Apocynaceae of Namibia Strelitzia 34 SANBI, Pretoria, South Africa Pages 87 - 89.

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

Goyder, D.J., Gilbert, M.G. & Venter, H.J.T. (2020). Apocynaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Pages 127 - 130. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 20.

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 27. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Ceropegia meyeri
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Wikipedia: Ceropegia meyeri

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Ceropegia meyeri.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=146390, retrieved 21 April 2024

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