Ceropegia stapeliiformis Haw.
Snake Creeper, Serpent Ceropegia, Slangkambro
Ceropegia stapeliiformis subsp. stapeliiformis
Ceropegia stapeliiformis is a succulent plant with prostrate, creeping, trailing, or climbing stems very much resembling those of Stapelia, but they grow much longer. It has fibrous roots which develop where the stems touch the ground. The leaves are minute and rudimentary, soon falling off the stems. Flowers are funnel-shaped, up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) long, greenish-white, and spotted or streaked with maroon. The petals surrounding the mouth are free-spreading, reflexed, and fringed with hairs. Fruits are follicles with tubercles.
USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
A gritty compost is suitable, and clay pots help with drainage, especially for the species with white thickened roots, which are the most susceptible to rotting, and for species forming large tubers. Ceropegias appreciate water and a little fertilizer during warm weather, although some care with watering is required for the more difficult species. The vine-like species can suffer from prolonged drought.
Typically, many of these species grow and climb naturally among bushes which provide shade and humidity to the base, while the vegetative growth is in the light. Where tubers occur, they are best planted on the compost surface, and the vegetative growth is allowed to twine around supports or trail down from a hanging pot. The latter mode of growth has the advantage of not using valuable bench space. Small tubers formed at joints in the thin stems of some species can be used for propagation. If the tuber rots or dries out, don't panic. As long as some of the top growth is still in reasonable condition, it may be possible to save the plant by re-rooting stems in damp gravel.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Ceropegia.
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