Ceropegia purpurascens K. Schum.

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Ceropegia purpurascens

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Ceropegia purpurascens

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Lusaka, Protea Hill Farm, Lusaka SE 13km.

Ceropegia purpurascens

Photo: Mike Bingham
Lusaka, Protea Hill Farm, Lusaka SE 13km.

Ceropegia purpurascens

Photo: Nicholas Wightman
Growing naturally on Dabuyu Farms, Plot 67, Farm 401a Lilayi, Lusaka

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Synonyms: Ceropegia kassneri S. Moore
Ceropegia kwebensis N.E. Br.
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial twining herb with annual stems, up to 1-2 m long, growing from a flattened tuberous rootstock. Milky sap present. Leaves opposite, heartshaped, up to c. 5 × 2.5 cm, cordate at the base, slightly fleshy, slightly hairy on both surfaces; petiole up to 1 cm. Flowers in few-many-flowered axillary inflorescences. Corolla tube c. 2 cm long, narrowing in the middle and bent at almost right angles, pale purplish, greenish on the widening upper third; lobes linear, 5-9 mm long, connecting at the tips to form a "cage", pale greenish with a dark purple mark at the base of the lobes; margins reflexed with long hair-like cilia. Fruit in 2 follicles, fusiform, up to 10 cm long.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: On rock outcrops, in Brachystegia woodland, margins of forest and thickets, usually in damp and shady situations.
Altitude range: 750 - 1450 m
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Worldwide distribution: Angola?, Botswana, DRC?, Namibia, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Malawi distribution: N,C
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Bruyns, P.V. (2014). The Apocynaceae of Namibia Strelitzia 34 SANBI, Pretoria, South Africa Page 92.

Dyer, R.A. (1983). Ceropegia, Brachystelma and Riocreuxia in Southern Africa. Balkema

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Namibia Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 64.

Goyder, D.J., Gilbert, M.G. & Venter, H.J.T. (2020). Apocynaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Pages 114 - 116. (Includes a picture).

Malaisse, F. (1984). Recherches sur les Asclepiadaceae du Shaba (Zaire). I. Nouvelles Observations sur le genre Ceropegia L. Bulletin du Jardin botanique national de Belgique / Bulletin van de National Plantentuin van België, 54(1/2) Pages 222 - 224. as Ceropegia purpurascens subsp. purpurascens (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 26.

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Flora of Botswana: Ceropegia purpurascens
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Flora of Zimbabwe: Ceropegia purpurascens

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Ceropegia purpurascens
African Plant Database: Ceropegia purpurascens
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Ceropegia purpurascens
Plants of the World Online: Ceropegia purpurascens
Tropicos: Ceropegia purpurascens
Wikipedia: Ceropegia purpurascens

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Ceropegia purpurascens.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=146450, retrieved 22 April 2024

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