Ceropegia is a genus of around 200 species found in Africa, India and Asia in the Asclepiadaceae subfamily of Apocynaceae. The name Ceropegia was coined by Linnaeus who thought the flowers looked like 'fountains of wax'. A feature of this genus is flowers that contain hairs which trap pollinating insects for a short time. Mostly species are succulent climbing plants. A popular house plant is Ceropegia woodii known as 'String of Hearts'.

See Sage Reynolds' web site for a comprehensive survey.

Ceropegia ampliata is native to South Africa, common names include Taper Vine, Bushman's Pipe or Boesmanpypblom; 'ampliata' is a reference to its extra large (amplified) flowers. Photograph by Andrew Wilson.

Ceropegia Ampliata, Andrew Wilson

Ceropegia papillata is native to Tanzania, Malawi, DRC and Zambia growing in grasslands and open woodlands. Growth appears at the start of the rains with the flowers appearing in the axils of the leaves several months later. Easily grown in a well drained potting mix in full sun to light shade with ample water in the growing period and kept dry during dormancy. Photos by Nicholas Wightman of plants naturally occurring in Lilayi, Zambia.

Ceropegia papillata, Nicholas WightmanCeropegia papillata, Nicholas WightmanCeropegia papillata, Nicholas WightmanCeropegia papillata, Nicholas Wightman

Photos by Nicholas Wightman of leaves, tuber and seeds.

Ceropegia papillata leaves, Nicholas WightmanCeropegia papillata tuber, Nicholas WightmanCeropegia papillata seeds, Nicholas Wightman

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