vinca-leaved ceropegia; Marathi: कंदिल खरचुडी kandil kharchudi;
seer-oh-PEEJ-ee-uh — from the Greek keros (wax) and pege (fountain)
¿ vin-key-FOH-lee-uh ? — having leaves like that of Vinca
Termed as endemic (Western Ghats) and rare/threatened plant of the region;
The trapped inside the flower are not consumed but after pollens are transferred on the body of the insect sufficient for pollination, the petals open and release the insect. 

Ceropegia vincaefolia, Asclepiadaceae
Kaas, Satara, Maharashtra
September 2010
Canon EOS 400D + Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6

Great Artistic snap

ceropegia variation:
I have seen variation in this two specimen of Ceropegia vincifolia Hook. first two image 46 & 49 are are of same plant found on hill top & next two image 6655 & 6649 are the same plant but found near creek (Nagala block) , is this variation due to habitat change ??


Ceropegia vincifolia.:
Sharing few snaps of a Ceropegia climber spotted at Kanheri caves, Mumbai.
Bot. name: Ceropegia vincifolia.
Date/Time: 21-07-2012/ 10:00AM


Flora Picture of the year- 2011- Rajesh Sachdev:
Name of the Species: Ceropegia vincaefoliaCommon Name: Forest Flytrap (English), Kharchudi Kandil (Marathi)Photographed on: 7th August, 2011 Location : Jummapatti, Matheran-Neral Route, Maharashtra. Habitat: Hill slope, open forest. Description: Termed as endemic (Western Ghats) and rare/threatened plant of the region, we (… & me) were not expecting to see it in Matheran. Matheran although resembles most of Sahyadri (Western Ghats)
but is not literally connected to the main ridge and perhaps that is the reason that we were not actually expecting this at the said location. This record has inspired me, by and large, to prepare the check-list of flora of this hill station. The documentation, field work, is likely to start soon and would go on for couple of years.

Ceropegia vincaefolia :: Sinhgad Pune:
Ceropegia vincaefolia :: Sinhgad Pune
Family : Asclepiadaceae
Lucky to locate huge climber. Total height 6-8 feet growing on another dry shrub.

close up its eyecatching, otherwise one could easily walk past it…


KAS Week:DS_011012_02 Ceropegia vincifolia:
This is another interesting plant I came across – not insectivorous but have a peculiar behaviour, I heard. The trapped inside the flower are not consumed but after pollens are transferred on the body of the insect sufficient for pollination, the petals open and release the insect.
On 22nd sept,2012

Yes Ceropegia vincaefolia indeed. Apocynaceae.
The leaves in the vicinity are not of the climber/ They belong to probably ‘Toran’ Ziziphus rugosa.


Ceropegia vincaefolia:
Ceropegia vincaefolia

Oh, what a bunch ! Superb.

Very nice and crisp. The flowers here appear to be shorter and stouter than those found on Sinhgad. The cyme is also bigger.

kaas plateau

By the way correct spellings should be vincifolia

Not a big issue … You will find most books using “ae'” as spellings. It is only recently that Botanical Code has directed that whenever “ae” appears in spellings of specific epithet, it should be changed to “i”.

Kas week : Ceropegia vincaefolia SMP:
Ceropegia vincaefolia


Kaas Week : Ceropegia vincaefolia:
August, 2011

Ceropegia Vincaefolia : Attachments (1). 2 post by 2 author.

Ceropegia vincaefolia.
Kalwa. Near Thane. Maharashtra.

Extraordinary capture …

Ceropegia vincifolia : 19072013 : RV 2 :  Attachments (3). 2 posts by 2 authors.
Would like to share the pictures of Ceropegia vincifolia which we saw 2 days back (17.7.13) in an area of Borivali National Park, Mumbai.

Ceropegia vincifolia from Mumbai :  Attachments (6). 5 posts by 4 authors.
The twining Ceropegia vincifolia has been flowering in certain sections of both the Borivali and the Goregaon ends of the National Park in Mumbai. Have identified four distinct locations of its occurrence here; it is interesting to note that in each of these pockets, it has been climbing on Strobilanthes callosus [syn. Carvia callosa].
The leaves bear several glands at the base of the midrib on the upper side. The petiole is distinctly channelled above. Leaf size: 25 cm x 8 cm (including petiole of 3.3 cm).
Clicked last week (2.8.13) on a refreshingly overcast morning illuminated by these charming lantern blossoms.

Very nice pictures. Thanks for sharing your observations.


Observation of ceropegia vincifolia from Thane,Mumbra hills 2013 August To September : Attachments (3).  3 posts by 2 authors.
shearing ceropegia vincifolia from thane ,Maharashtra 2013 August To september
1) Insects Flying on ceropegia vincifolia flower
2) Follicles of ceropegia vincifolia size – 16 cm
3) seed of ceropegia vincifolia size – 4 mm

Nice observation…Good to see flowering and fruiting in same post….Liked the first photograph..

Satara, Oct 2014 :: Requesting ID validation :: ARKOCT-28 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
Requesting to please validate ID of this Ceropegia captured near Satara, Maharashtra in October 2014.
Is this Ceropegia vincifolia

You are right. I’d like to know the name of the plant on which it is climbing, please do inform if possible.

Thank you … for the validation…
As far as I can remember, it was Memcylon umbellatum, I think…the leaves had a very file yellow/golden margin, visible only if you looked closely.

Fwd: Photographs of Habenaria , Ceropegia from department of botany ,SUK. 3 : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)
Photographs taken by Sandip Gavade, Research scholar, Dept. of Botany, SUK


Ceropegia vincifolia from …

at Kaas plateau, Satara, maharashtra in the 3rd wek of Sept 2010; on plateau of Amboli sindhudurg maharashtra;

Beautiful Ceropegia for id of species – efloraofindia | Google Groups
Ceropegia for id_Sept 2010_Kaas-SSN – efloraofindia | Google Groups

Names of Plants in India :: Ceropegia vincifolia:  Ceropegia vincifolia Hook.
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seer-oh-PEEJ-ee-uh — from the Greek keros (wax) and pege (fountain)
¿ vin-key-FOH-lee-uh ? — having leaves like that of Vinca
commonly known as: vinca-leaved ceropegia<https://sites.google.com/site/indiannamesofplants/via-names/english/v…>•
Marathi: कंदिल खरचुडी kandil kharchudi<https://sites.google.com/site/indiannamesofplants/via-names/marathi/k…>
botanical names: Ceropegia vincifolia Hook. … *Ceropegia vincaefolia*[archaic spelling / spelling variant] … *synonyms*: *Ceropegia hirsuta* var. *vincaefolia* (Hook.) Hook. f. • *Ceropegia oculata* var. *subhirsuta* H.Huber • *Ceropegia polyantha* Blatt. & McCann • *Ceropegia stocksii* Hook.f.

… got a query about this species’ epithet: … vincifolia OR vincaefolia  (the latter is old English spelling)
Need to know which of them OR are both of them accepted spellings.
While The Plants List <http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl/record/kew-2713207>has Ceropegia vincifolia Hook. as the accepted name, there is a synonym Ceropegia hirsuta var. vincaefolia (Hook.) Hook. f.
At another site, dedicated solely to Ceropegia … The Ceropegia
Lexicon <
http://www.ceropegia.minks-lang.de/c.vincaefoli…> treats Ceropegia vincifolia as wrong.
Would like to know your thoughts.

This article from ICBN, should provide the answer
60.8. The use of a compounding form contrary to Rec. 60G in an adjectival epithet is treated as an error to be corrected. Ex. 17. Candolle’s Pereskiaopuntiaeflora” is to be cited as P. opuntiiflora DC. (1828), and Myrosmacannaefolia” of the younger Linnaeus, as M. cannifolia L. f. (1782).
Ex. 18. Cacalianapeaefolia” and Senecionapeaefolius” are to be cited as Cacalia napaeifolia DC. (1838) and Senecio napaeifolius (DC.) Sch. Bip. (1845), respectively; the specific epithet refers to the resemblance of the leaves to those of the genus Napaea L. (not “Napea“), and the substitute (connecting) vowel -i should have been used instead of the genitive singular inflection -ae.
Ex. 19. However, in *Andromeda polifolia* L. (1753), the epithet is a pre-Linnaean plant name (“Polifolia” of Buxbaum) used in apposition and not an adjective; it is not to be altered to “poliifolia” (Polium -leaved).

Many thanks … for providing the clarity.
However in this particular case, yet not clear whether to conclude vincaefolia staying intact OR not.
From Sir J D Hooker’s The Flora of British India Vol. IV. — failing to find Ceropegia vincaefolia put as separate species … rather it is put as one of the five varieties of Ceropegia hirsuta … thus Ceropegia hirsuta var.
Is it so that Ceropegia vincaefolia got its individual status after his book got published ? Is it the reason for changing the epithet at a later date to vincifolia ?

This is orthographic change which became operative after 2005 Botanical Code, published in 2006. You will find vincaefolia in perhaps all publications before 2006.

You will notice that change in IPNI was also made only in 2007. Plant list takes this as source

… very very clear supportive reason at this IPNI

Many many thanks for thrashing this vincifolia vs vincaefolia ambiguity,

seer-oh-PEEJ-ee-uh — from the Greek keros (wax) and pege (fountain) … Dave’s Botanary

¿ vin-key-FOH-lee-uh ? — having leaves like that of Vinca

commonly known as: vinca-leaved ceropegia • Marathi: कंदिल खरचुडी kandil kharchudi

botanical namesCeropegia vincifolia Hook. … synonymsCeropegia hirsuta var. vincifolia (Hook.) Hook.f. • Ceropegia polyantha Blatt. & McCann • Ceropegia stocksii Hook.f. … POWO

Bibliography / etymology

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vinca-leaved ceropegia
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कंदिल खरचुडी kandil kharchudi
  • Flowers of Sahyadri, a field guide to flowers of northern Western Ghats of India by Shrikant Ingalhalikar
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