Peacock Ceropegia
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Peacock Ceropegia
ative Photo: Avinash Bhagat
Common name: Peacock Ceropegia, Lantern flower • Marathi: मोर खरचुड़ी Mor Kharchudi
Botanical name: Ceropegia oculata    Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)

Peacock Ceropegia is a twining herb growing in areas with high rainfall in the western ghats. The leaves are long stalked and lance-shaped to ovate. Flowers are showy. The lower part is quite swollen and takes about a third of the flowers total length. The flower-tube is thin, but broadened upward, coloured pinkish beige with some darker spots. The close-knit petals are very dark ruby-coloured, almost black and show a white stripe in the upper third. The tips are joined and emerald green.

Identification credit: Avinash Bhagat Photographed at Satara, Maharashtra.

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