Shining Ceropegia
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Shining Ceropegia
P Native Photo: Dharmendra Khandal
Common name: Shining Ceropegia
Botanical name: Ceropegia lucida    Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)

Shining Ceropegia is a perennial, extensive twinning herb, with stem sparsely hairy to hairless. It was presumed to be extinct but has been rediscovered recently in Arunachal Pradesh in 2017, after a gap of 142 years. It is called shining because of the bright green colored leaves. Leaves are simple, opposite-decussate, exstipulate, stalked; leaf-stalk 0.8-1 cm long, slender, hairy. Leaf blade is 7-9 cm long, elliptic-lanceshaped, oblong-lanceshaped, pointed to tapering at tip, narrowed at base, slightly fleshy, dark green above, pale below, hairless, ciliolate along margin. Flowers are borne in leaf-axils, in 4-6-flowered umbellate cymes, flower-cluster-stalk about 2 cm long, finely velvet-hairy, fleshy. Flowers are yellowish-green with purple spots, stalked, stalk 1-1.8 cm long, round, hairless. Calyx is 5-partite, sepals linear-subulate, hairless. Flowers are 1.8-2.7 cm long; flower tube 1.2-2.5 cm long, cylindrical throughout, hardly dilated at base, cylindrical, funnel-shaped at throat, with ring of hairs at the throat of dilated part. Petals are 0.7-2.5 cm long, greenish-yellow blotched with purple, broadly or elliptic-oblong, spoon-shaped, fused at the tip, transluscent hairy along margins at upper half, hairs are considerably long. Corona biseriate, outer corona with five shortly bifid-deltoid lobes, fringed with hairs along margin; inner corona of 5 erectodivergent linear-club-shaped, lobes. Shining Ceropegia is found in NE India and parts of SE Asia. Flowering: September-November.

Identification credit: Sushant More Photographed in Namdhapha National Park, Arunachal Pradesh.

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