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Ceropegia ampliata

Ceropegia ampliata

David M. aka petrichor@Flickr (also see: Kipili.com) submitted a few photographs of Ceropegia species to the BPotD Flickr Group Pool) to contribute to the series on African plants (original). Thank you, David!

The genus Ceropegia consists mostly of succulent vines or trailing plants found in tropical and subtropical areas of the Africa, Asia and Australia. Ceropegia ampliata, commonly known as bushman's pipe, is native to southern Africa and Madagascar, where it is found on dry, stony slopes.

Like its close relative Stapelia, Ceropegia is fly-pollinated. The tubular flower is lined internally with fine downward-pointing hairs that trap flies within the tube until the hairs (and flowers) wither. During the fly's period of captivity (which may last four days!), sticky pollinia are attached to the body of the fly, and transferred to the next flower the fly visits. Finding it difficult to imagine what the inside of the flower might look like? Sage Reynolds has a web site about Ceropegia, and the page specifically about Ceropegia ampliata has photographs of cross-sections of the flowers (as well as habit photographs and cultivation information).

Sage has also written an overview of the genus in cultivation for Brooklyn Botanic Garden: Ceropegia: Fabulous Vines of the Succulent World. If you'd like to view more photographs of plants in this genus, visit the Flickr group dedicated to Ceropegia.

Returning to the topic of the species in today's photograph, Stoffel Bester of the South African National Herbarium in Pretoria has written an account of Ceropegia ampliata for Plantzafrica.com. This article includes a detailed description of the plant and the derivation of its name.

3 Comments

end of the holiday in the states
i have been following daniels links
this is a different flower and so
is the plant and its folk names ____

tis almost december and i need to go into
the archives and find the links to the
web sites and names so i do not lose
the people around the world who have
helped me travel this world and learn so much

thank you daniel keep us posted

For those interested this species is relatively easy to grow in frost free climates. It grows reasonably well in Sydney without the need for glasshouses, though growth ceases during winter. I cultivate my specimens in a 1:1 mixture of fine gravel and regular potting mix. I water in particularly hot periods (30ÂșC+) otherwise the species gets just rainfall. Bright, indirect light to light shade is preferred.

David M.

Anyone know indicate a place where I can buy seeds ceropegia ampliata because plants from the USA are hard to get into Brazil.
regards
sergio

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