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1. Ceropegia bulbosa Roxb., Pl. Corom. 1:11, t. 7. 1795. Hook. f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 4:67. 1883; Huber in Mem. Soc. Brot. 12:60. 1957; Cooke Fl. Pres. Bomb. reprint. ed 2:24.0. 1958; Stevens in Saldanha & Nicolson, Fl. Hassan Dist. 443. 1976.

Vern.: Galot.


  • Ceropegia acuminata Roxb.
  • Ceropegia bulbosa var. esculenta (Edgew.) Hook. f.
  • Ceropegia bulbosa var. lushii (Grab.) Hook. f.
  • Ceropegia esculenta Edgew.
  • Ceropegia tuberosa Dalz. & Gibson

    Tuber globose. Stem trailing or twining, usually glabrous. Leaves orbicular, ovate, lanceolate to linear, 3-6 cm long, slightly cordate, fleshy, glabrous, subsessile to petiolate. Cymes pedunculate, 3-5 flowered arising between the petioles, peduncle 1.2-2.6 cm long. Pedicels 3-7 mm long. Sepals 2-2.5 mm long, lanceolate, acute. Corolla 1.2-2.5 cm long, whitish green, purple striate, lobes deep purple, 44.5 mm long, narrow, pilose. Outer corona lobes rounded to shortly acute, inner lobes linear, c. 2 mm long. Follicles 10 x 0.4-0.5 cm, taper towards apex, glabrous. Seeds 8-9 mm long, flattened, ovate-oblong, margin broad, membranous, coma 2.5-3.8 cm long.

    Fl.Per.: July-August.

    Type: Coromandal, Roxb., Pl. Corom. 1:t.7.1795.

    Distribution: Pakistan (Punjab); India (Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, W. Peninsula).

    The tubers and leaves are eaten. An alkaloid, ceropegine, is present in tubers which makes them bitter, somewhat like raw turnips.


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