Gustav Adolf Engler,
Tanzania, Uganda, Zaire, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, South
Ceropegia calcarata, N. E. Brown, 1903.
verdicikii, De Wildeman 1903.
De Wildeman, 1928.
Ceropegia criniticaulis, Werdermann,
Ceropegia dubia, R. A. Dyer, 1980.
This member of the Asclepiadaceae* family was described by
Heinrich Gustav Adolf Engler in 1891. It is found in the tropical Africa,
growing in a well drained soil with some water and some sun in the
edge of forests. The
fleshy roots can grow to two or even three centimetres in diameter,
15-30 centimetres long and the vines
from two to four metres. The
flowers are greenish-yellow and can have a maroon base.
The genera name is from the Greek word keropegion meaning
'candelabrum', because Linnaeus thought that the flowers looked like
candles. The species name after Dr.
Johannes Meyer, 1858-1929, a German geographer.
*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG IV 2016 is
now part of