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Ceropegia ananthapuramensis

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Photo by Ramalingam Kottaimuthu. 

Drawing by Ramalingam Kottaimuthu. 

Author: Ramalingam Kottaimuthu, 2019
Origin:   Andhra Pradesh; SE India
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  2-4 Centimetres
Height:  4-8 Centimetres
Flower:   Dark Purple
Propagate Seeds
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Brachystelma ananthapuramense, K.Prasad, A.Naray. & Meve, 2018.
By mistake: Ceropegia ananthapuramense, Kottaim. 2019.

This member of the Asclepiadaceae* family was given this name by Ramalingam Kottaimuthu in 2019. It is found in Southern Deccan Plateau; Gorantla hills, Andhra Pradesh, south-eastern India, growing in a well drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The caudex can grow to 2-4 centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 4-8 centimetres in height. The flowers are dark purple. 

The genera name is from the Greek word keropegion meaning 'candelabrum', because Linnaeus thought that the flowers looked like candles. The species name after the area it is found in: Ananthapuramu.

*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG IV 2016, Asclepiadaceae is now part of the Apocynaceae.

Photo by Ramalingam Kottaimuthu.