6874.000 Ceropegia L.

Bruyns, P.V., Klak, C. & Hanáček, P. (2017) A revised, phylogenetically-based concept of Ceropegia (Apocynaceae) South African Journal of Botany 112 399-436

Dyer, R.A. (1980) Asclepiadaceae: Brachystelma, Ceropegia and Riocreuxia Flora of Southern Africa 27(4) 1 - 88

Goyder, D.J. (2007) Zimbabwean Asclepiadaceae. Unpublished list.

Description of the genus

Perennial herbs, mostly climbing or scrambling, sometimes erect, with tubers or fleshy or fibrous roots. Leaves opposite, simple, sometimes succulent. Flowers in umbel-like clusters, racemes or 1-several at the nodes. Sepals 5. Corolla tubular, usually with an inflated base; lobes free or connate into a cage or umbrella-like structure. Corona 2-seriate. Follicles fusiform. Seeds narrowly winged with an apical tuft of hairs.

Derivation of name: from Greek: keros, meaning wax and pege, a stream of fountains, referring to the waxy nature of some of the flowers.

Comment: For this genus we follow the concepts of Meve. More recent phylogenetic evidence has led to the forming of a very broad concept of the genus Ceropegia including the genus Brachystelma and all known genera within the Stapeliae (Bruyns, P.V., Klak, C. & Hanáček, P., 2017). We will await a broader form of acceptance of this new concept before changing the taxonomy in our database.

Worldwide: 160 species in Arabia, Africa, Madagascar and Australia

Zambia: 19 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Danaus chrysippus (African monarch)
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Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
abyssinica Decne.CC,LkDescription, Image
achtenii De Wild. subsp. adolphii (Schltr. ex Werderm.) H. HuberCLkImage
bonafouxii K. Schum.BNw,WImage
cataphyllaris Bull. [DD]Description
claviloba Werderm.NMc
distincta N.E. Br.CLkDescription, Image
filipendula K.Schum.B,CNw,CDescription, Image
meyeri Decne.B,W,SNw,S,WDescription, Image
nilotica KotschyCLkDescription, Image
papillata N.E.Br.W,CCb,C,LkDescription, Image
purpurascens K. Schum.CLkDescription, Image
racemosa N.E. Br.W,CCb,LkDescription, Image
ringoetii De Wild.WNw
sobolifera N.E. Br.CLkDescription, Image
speciosa H. HuberNMcImage
stenantha K. Schum.W,C,SNw,Lk,SDescription, Image
stenoloba Hochst. ex Chiov.NMcImage
umbraticola K.Schum.W,CNw,Cb,CImage
zambesiaca Masinde & MeveCLkDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Ceropegia:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Ceropegia
Flora of Caprivi: Ceropegia
Flora of Malawi: Ceropegia
Flora of Mozambique: Ceropegia
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Ceropegia
Flora of Zimbabwe: Ceropegia
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Ceropegia

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Ceropegia
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Ceropegia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Ceropegia
Wikipedia: Ceropegia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Ceropegia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Ceropegia

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-20

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2020). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Ceropegia.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1153, retrieved 26 October 2020

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