|Scientific Name||Ceropegia juncea|
Flowering class: Dicot
Habit: A leafless twiner to 6m.
Leafless twiners, sap watery, stem striated. Cymes axillary; peduncles 1 cm; pedicels 1 cm long. calyx 5-lobed, 5 x 1 mm, lanceolate; corolla basally inflated, curved, tube 2.5 cm long, widened at mouth, lobes 5, 3 cm long, fused at apex, inside with brown hairs; outer corona 5, with 2-fid lobes, 3 mm; inner of 5 subulate lobes; pollinia erect, pellucid along margins; ovaries 2 mm, stigma truncate. Follicles paired, 20 x 1 cm, linear-lanceolate, hooked at apex.
Flowering and fruiting: October-January
Solitary or in cymes; corolla brownish-purple, tube 2 cm, lobes 5, with deciduous hairs near apex. Flowering from November-January.
A paired follicles, linearly cylindric, apically narrowed; seeds many, coma silky. Fruiting December onwards.
Stem often purplish-brown. Latex watery.
Notes: Dry Evergreen to Dry Deciduous Forests
Dry deciduous forests and scrub jungles
Very rare in the forest thickets and fences from plains to 400m. Peninsular India.
Peninsular India and Sri Lanka
State - Kerala, District/s: Idukki, Palakkad
Karnataka: Chikmagalur, Dharwar, Hassan, Mysore, N. Kanara
Tamil Nadu: Coimbatore, Cuddalore, Dharmapuri, Kancheepuram, Puddukkottai, Ramanathapuram, Thiruvallur, Tiruchchirappalli, Tirunelveli, Tiruvannamalai, Viluppuram
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