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Plant: Bushman`s Pipe

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What Is This

Unread post by WarthogB » Sat Jan 23, 2010 10:37 am

Please identify flower/plant
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Re: What Is This

Unread post by Oryx » Sat Jan 23, 2010 11:31 am

Hi WarthogB,

This looks like Ceropegia racemosa (Bushman`s Pipe). There are about 4 subspecies of which this is one. It grows to about 2 metres and is found from KZN, through Mpumalanga and northwards into Africa. It grows in bushy areas wher it can climb. Best propagated from cuttings.

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Re: What Is This

Unread post by WarthogB » Sat Jan 23, 2010 2:55 pm

Thank you Oryx for the identification. Your remark of it being found from KZN northwards is of interest to me as this plant is in Port Elizabeth and I find it flowers about every third year?
As you can see it is wound round and round , do you suggest I loosen it and what help will that be. It is also in a small pot, should I transplant to a bigger and what size pot?
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Re: What Is This

Unread post by Oryx » Sat Jan 23, 2010 4:08 pm

WarthogB, sorry if it is in P.E. then it would be Ceropegia ampliata, not C. racemosa. C. ampliata is widespread from the Eastern Cape and northwards via KZN. It is probably best used as a container plant where space is restricted around a house. It is a natural climber so I would loosen it and let it climb, depending on your situation. If not, then a reasonably sized pot should do. Light sandy soil with good drainage and a little compost should do the trick but water it sparingly and withhold water in winter as it occurs naturally in summer rainfall areas.

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Re: What Is This

Unread post by Lockie » Sat Jan 23, 2010 5:13 pm

:hmz: ...so would I be correct in assuming it has aerial roots along the vine to catch moisture in the air...looks like in the middle pic... :thumbs_up:
Very interesting plant, thanks for posting

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Re: What Is This

Unread post by Oryx » Sat Jan 23, 2010 6:14 pm

Yes Lockie it is an interesting plant. In her book Transvaal Lowveld and Escarpment, Jo Onderstall describes it as "a vigorous succulent scrambler wit a smooth fleshy stem that produces roots from nodes that come into contact with the soil".

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Re: Plant: Bushman`s Pipe

Unread post by naturelover » Fri Aug 24, 2012 11:51 am

This is Ceropegia ampliata
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