Ceropegia multiflora Baker
subsp. tentacula (N.E. Br.) H. Huber

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Ceropegia multiflora subsp. tentacula

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Synonyms: Ceropegia multiflora Baker subsp. tentacula (N.E. Br.) H. Huber
Ceropegia tentacula N.E. Br.
Common names:
Status: Native
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: 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.
Derivation of specific name: multiflora: many-flowered
Habitat: Among stones among bushes or in sand among trees.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1400 m
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Limpopo, North-West, Freestate and Gauteng, South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,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 89.

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Namibia Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 74.

Goyder, D.J., Gilbert, M.G. & Venter, H.J.T. (2020). Apocynaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Pages 151 - 153. (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.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 25.

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Flora of Botswana: Ceropegia multiflora subsp. tentacula
Flora of Caprivi: Ceropegia multiflora subsp. tentacula
Flora of Mozambique: Ceropegia multiflora subsp. tentacula

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Ceropegia multiflora
African Plant Database: Ceropegia multiflora
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Ceropegia multiflora
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Ceropegia multiflora
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Ceropegia multiflora
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iNaturalist: Ceropegia multiflora
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Ceropegia multiflora
JSTOR Plant Science: Ceropegia multiflora
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Ceropegia multiflora
Plants of the World Online: Ceropegia multiflora
Tropicos: Ceropegia multiflora
Wikipedia: Ceropegia multiflora

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Ceropegia multiflora subsp. tentacula.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=146410, retrieved 29 November 2023

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