Bangladesh, Cameroon, Chad, Eritrea, Ethiopia, India, Kenya,
Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Yemen
Minimum - Medium
Ceropegia acuminata, Roxb.
Ceropegia brosima, E.A.Bruce & P.R.O.Bally.
Ceropegia bulbosa var. esculenta, Hook.f.
Ceropegia bulbosa var. lushii, Hook.f.
Ceropegia edulis, Decne.
Ceropegia esculenta, Edgew.
Ceropegia humilis, N.E.Br.
Ceropegia lushii, Graham.
Ceropegia vignaldiana, A.Rich.
This member of the
Asclepiadaceae* family was described by William Roxburgh. It is very
widely distributed in Bangladesh, Cameroon, Chad, Eritrea, Ethiopia,
India, Kenya, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Yemen in
red laterite soil.
The leaves are subsessile to petiolate while C. b. var. bulbosa
has orbicular to ovate leaves. The flowers are pale grey at lease,
becoming greyish-purple towards the mouth. Corollar up to 2,5
centimetres long, glabrous on the exterior. The tube with a globose
inflated lease. 1-½ men the length of the tube are linear above on
ovate, deltoid lease purple within and very hairy inside. Flowering
and fruiting from October to around January. The tuber are approx 35
grams to 430 grams, five to twelve centimetres in diameter, sometime flattened caudex, grey to white colour.
The vines can reach two metres.
The genera name is from the Greek word keropegion meaning
'candelabrum', because Linnaeus thought that the flowers looked like
candles. The species name means 'bulbous,
*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG IV 2016, Asclepiadaceae is now part of the Apocynaceae.