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Photo by Hildor Hoffmann.

Photo by Hildor Hoffmann.

Author: Robert Allen Dyer, 1944
Origin:  NE South Africa, Eswatini
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium - Maximum
Thickness:  5-15 Centimetres
Height:  150 Centimetres
Flower:  Purple / Greenish
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Might be: Ceropegia africana spp. fortuita, H. Huber, 1957

This member of the Asclepiadaceae family was given this name by Robert Allen Dyer in 1944. It is found in Eswatini and KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, north eastern South Africa, growing in a well drained soil with some water and some to lots of sun. The caudex can grow to five or even fifteen centimetres in diameter, the vines will reach 150 centimetres or more. The flowers are purple and greenish-brownish. 

The genera name is from the Greek word keropegion meaning 'candelabrum', because Linnaeus thought that the flowers looked like candles. The species name from Latin, fortuita meaning 'accidental', as it was discovered by chance.

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

The dwarf form by Chris Moore.