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This species is accepted, and its native range is SW. Tanzania.


Apocynaceae (part 2), David Goyder, Timothy Harris, Siro Masinde, Ulrich Meve, Johan Venter. Flora of Tropical East Africa, 2012

Morphology General Habit
Dwarf, erect herb 7–18 cm high.
Morphology General Exudate
Latex colour unknown.
Morphology Roots
Rootstock roundish tuber, ± 10 × 8 mm deep, smooth.
Morphology Stem
Stems herbaceous, leafy, rarely branching, ± 1.5 mm diameter, with 2 rows of whitish-translucent pubescence
Morphology Leaves
Leaves herbaceous; petiole 1–2 mm long; stipules interpetiolar, of minute tufts of hairs; lamina narrowly ovatelanceolate or narrowly-elliptic, (0.8–)12–33 × 3–9 mm, base acuminate, apex acute, green, pubescent above, ± glabrous or sparsely pubescent beneath, margins finely ciliate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence extra-axillary, 1-flowered, sessile; single accompanying bract lanceolate-subulate, 2–3 × 1 mm, acute; pedicel 5–11 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals narrowlylanceolate, 2–6 × 5 mm, apically recurved, abaxially pubescent
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla 26–38 mm long; tube 18–21 mm long, in basal ± 1/4– 1/3 with a globose inflation ± 6 × 7 mm, narrowing into an ascending cylindrical part ± 2.5 mm diameter, expanding gradually to ± 3.5 mm diameter in throat; exterior greenish, glabrous; interior colour unknown, completely glabrous including basal inflation; lobes erect, linear, 10–22 × ± 1 mm, apically connate, margins recurved, apically brownish or blackish, entirely glabrous adaxially and abaxially including margins
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corona
Corona subsessile, ± 3 × 3 mm, basally cupular; inner lobes connivent-erect or free, spatulate, ± 2 × 0.3 mm, glabrous; outer lobes suberectly spreading, forming 5 open pockets, each ± 1.4 × 1.4 mm, margins entire, glabrous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynostegium
Gynostegium subsessile
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Anthers
Anthers incumbent on and overtopping stylar head, guide rails 0.3–0.6 mm long, ± straight, well exposed, not widened at base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Pollinia
Pollinia 0.25–0.31 × 0.17–0.24 mm; corpusculum obovate, 0.14–0.19 × 0.05–0.06 mm
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Follicles and seed unknown.
On ± treeless crests of Kitulo Plateau, in rocky ground; 2400–2750 m
C. kituloensis is related to C. achtenii and probably also to C. gilgiana and C. abyssinica. The specimen, Richards 7560 (K), Kitulo [Elton] Plateau, 2400 m, 7 Jan. 1957, may be a hybrid between C. achtenii De Wild. and C. kituloensis and not C. achtenii   C. abyssinica Decne. as previously supposed by H. Huber in his determination of 1957. It shows a much closer resemblance to C. kituloensis in its flowers and bifarious-hairy stems but it has a climbing habit. Another collection showing intermediate characteristics between C. achtenii and C. kituloensis is Bidgood et al. 2319 from Chunya District: 8 km on Makongolosi-Mbeya road, 17 Feb. 1994.
Flora districts: T7 Range: Not known elsewhere

Native to:


Ceropegia kituloensis Masinde & F.Albers appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 2001 Leedal, G.P. [5293], Tanzania K000305481 holotype
Jan 1, 2001 Leedal, G.P. [5293], Tanzania K000305480 holotype

First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 122: 162 (2000)

Accepted by

  • Goyder, S., Harris, T., Masinde, S., Meve, U. & Venter, J. (2012). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Apocynaceae(2): 1-530.
  • Govaerts, R. (2001). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS E-F: 1-50919.


Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • E.J. 122: 161 (2000).

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa

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