Konkan Ceropegia   
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Konkan Ceropegia
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Konkan Ceropegia • Marathi: कोंकणी खरचुड़ी
Botanical name: Ceropegia concanensis    Family: Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed family)

Konkan Ceropegia is a new species of Ceropegia which was first discovered in August 2011 near the town of Vengurla in the Sindhudurg District in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is a perennial erect herb with tuberous rootstock. Tuber 2-5 cm across. Stem is single, more or less velvety when young, hairless when mature, unbranched, up to 1 ft, round, 1-2 mm in diameter, green or dark purple. Oppositely arranged leaves are nearly stalkless, 3.2-6.4 cm long, 0.8-1.4 cm wide, linear, pointed, narrowed at base. Flowers arise singly in leaf axils or extra-axillary on 3-5 mm long stalks. Flower-stalks are slender, 5-6 mm long. Sepals are 5-partite, 4-7 mm long, 0.3-0.6 mm wide. Flower is 5-lobed, 4-5.4 cm long, usually slightly curved, purple. Tube is 3-3.5 cm long, 2 mm in diameter, dilated at base.

Identification credit: Shrikant Ingalhalikar
Photographed near Vengurla, Konkan, Karnataka.
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