Ceropegia cordifolia M.G. Gilbert

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Ceropegia cordifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Great Dyke, nr Kopje Tops, Mavhuradonha Wilderness Area.

Ceropegia cordifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Great Dyke, nr Kopje Tops, Mavhuradonha Wilderness Area.

Ceropegia cordifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Great Dyke, nr Kopje Tops, Mavhuradonha Wilderness Area.

Ceropegia cordifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Great Dyke, nr Kopje Tops, Mavhuradonha Wilderness Area.

Ceropegia cordifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Great Dyke, nr Kopje Tops, Mavhuradonha Wilderness Area.

Ceropegia cordifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Great Dyke, nr Kopje Tops, Mavhuradonha Wilderness Area.

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Synonyms:
Common names:
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial with fleshy, fusiform roots, up to 11 cm long. Tuber absent. Stem prostrate, mostly unbranched, to 10 cm long. Leaves more or less fleshy broadly ovate, up to 27 mm long, cordate at the base, under surface paler, uniformly minutely velvety on both surfaces; margin entire; petiole up to 10 mm long, finely velvety. Inflorescence mostly concealed beneath leaves, extra-axillary, 2- or 3-flowered; peduncle to 5 mm long, sparsely velvety, flowers opening in succession. Pedicel 4–8 mm long, occasionally with a few hairs. Sepals linear-lanceolate to lanceolate, c.2.5 mm long, slightly recurved, hairy. Corolla c. 14 mm long, abruptly curved at right angle above basal inflation; tube c. 11.5 mm long, basal chamber indistinct, c. 4 mm wide, limb cylindrical, c. 2.3 mm wide, widening only slightly at mouth; mostly whitish with faint purplish stripes outside, denser towards apex, darkening with age, pubescent towards mouth, hairless inside; lobes oblong, c. 2.5 mm long, mostly flat with shallowly revolute margins, apices fused to form subglobose cage, slightly wider than mouth, dull purple, coarsely appressed pubescent. Follicles and seed not recorded.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: cordifolia: with cordate leaves.
Habitat: Shallow soil among rocks on top of chromium rich soils.
Altitude range: (metres) 1240 - 1650 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Only known from the northern Great Dyke in Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Endemic
Red data list status: Vulnerable
Insects associated with this species:
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Images last updated: Tuesday 25 May 2021
Literature:

Goyder, D.J., Gilbert, M.G. & Venter, H.J.T. (2020). Apocynaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 7(3) Pages 119 - 120. Protologue (Includes a picture).


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External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Ceropegia cordifolia
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Ceropegia cordifolia
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Ceropegia cordifolia
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Ceropegia cordifolia
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Ceropegia cordifolia
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Ceropegia cordifolia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Ceropegia cordifolia
iNaturalist: Ceropegia cordifolia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Ceropegia cordifolia
JSTOR Plant Science: Ceropegia cordifolia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Ceropegia cordifolia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Ceropegia cordifolia
Plants of the World Online: Ceropegia cordifolia
Tropicos: Ceropegia cordifolia
Wikipedia: Ceropegia cordifolia


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: Species information: Ceropegia cordifolia.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=233630, retrieved 18 June 2021

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