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  Ceropegia woodii
(Syn: Ceropegia linearis var. woodii)
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The abundant flowers, while small, are of interest
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Description: Succulent, evergreen trailing vine, that grows to 2-5 cm in height and spreads to reach up to 2-4 m in length.
Stem: Thin and pendulous from which leaves hang,
Leaves: Heart shaped that look somewhat like cyclamen leaves and marbled with shades of silver and green on the top, and green to purple on the undersurface. They are opposite
Tubers: The roots, and occasionally the stems, will often develop tubers. On the stems these form at nodes and are likely the reason for the common name of rosary vine. The tubers are that forms at regular intervals on the stems can be used to propagate the plant
Flowers: In general shape similar to those of other Ceropegia species, waxy, narrow. and bulbous at the base. (resemble small upturned vases) 2,5-3 cm long, off-white and pale magenta. The five petals are a deeper purple/ brown.
Blooming season: The Ceropegia woodii blooms in profusion most in late summer-autumn (but flowers continues to appear till mid-winter if growing-conditions are adequate).
Fruits: Horn-shaped seed pods containing flat seeds with their own little parachute, that are carried by any draft. They can be sowed immediately


 

Photo of conspecific taxa, varieties, forms and cultivars of Ceropegia woodii.
 


 

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Family: Asclepiadaceae (Apocynaceae)  (Milkweeds family)

Scientific name:  Ceropegia woodii Schlechter. 1894

Notes: It is sometimes treated as a subspecies of the related Ceropegia linearis, as C. linearis subsp. woodii.

Origin:  Southern Africa (Eastern Cape Province trough Swaziland, and Zimbabwe to S. Rhodesia)

Habitat:  It's found in the southern part of Africa, growing in a well-drained soil with little water and some sun.

Common Names include: 
Chain of Hearts, Heart strings, Collar of hearts and Rosary Vine

Synonyms:  

  • Ceropegia barbertonensis
  • Ceropegia linearis var. woodii
  • Ceropegia barbertonensis
  • Ceropegia euryacme
  • Ceropegia schoenlandiia
 



The plant is a caudiciform, meaning it has a swollen stem or root system which it uses to store water. These can get quite large after a few years. The tuber can get over 10 centimetres in diameter, the vines more than two meters long.


When exposed to sufficient light they have a deep green colour marbed with silver; under insufficient lighting the leaves are pale green.

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