Ceropegia is also popularly called lantern plant. There are 200 different Ceropegia species. The most famous is the Ceropegia woodii - string of hearts, the hanging lantern plant. Ceropegia Sandersonii is called African Parachute Plant.
The Ceropegia sandersonii has its origins in Mozambique, Transvaal and Natal in South Africa and belongs to the Asclepiadaceae family, genus of succulents; plants that store water inside the plant. It is an extremely peculiar succulent, made up of very thin stems that can reach up to 4 meters in length.
The Ceropegia sandersonii is characterized by its separate winding stems with small, fat-like leaves. The most special thing about this plant is its flowers. They grow in clusters and look like parachutes. Where most flowers have bright colors, this flower has a light green tiger print with fringes along the edges. Besides looking quite special, they also smell very nice! They spread a nice fresh lime-like scent. During the rainy season the plant develops flowers, during dry periods the plant goes into survival mode and can then live without water for a long time.
The lovely lime scent only attracts female flies. These very small flies enter the parachute flower planning to lay eggs. In the flower tube are oil cells and tiny hairs, which are at an angle of 90 degrees. Because of the oil and the hairs, the flies can get in, but can’t get out. The fly is lured even further into the flower by a number of light-transmitting cells , where the flower produces its sweeteners. While the fly feeds on all this sweetness, the pollen stick to the fly. Only when the flower starts to bloom after a few days, does the flower turn over. This causes the flower tube to stand up and the flies can get out again and make their way to the next flower with legs full of pollen, in that way fertilizing the next flower they visit.
◉ Each plant is unique and may therefore differ from the images shown, which are for illustration purposes only; size and shape may vary by season so all measurements shown are approximate ◉ Supplied in original nursery grow pot
Ceropegia Sandersonii Africa
Water:1x per spring,summer. 1x per month autumn, winter