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Ceropegia barberae

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B. barberae tuber
B. barberae fruit
B. barberae plant
B. barberae pollinator
B. barberae flowers

Brachystelma Overview

Ceropegia barberae is, without a doubt, the most spectacular species in the genus. It is probably the best known cultivated caudiciform asclepiad. If the bizarre, cage-like, many-flowered head does not draw attention, the rotting smell of the flowers will surely elicit a response. The colour, odour and segments of the flower that are united at the tips are reminiscent of a decaying carcass. Previously known as Brachystelma barberae, this plant's name change was announced by NATAG (RHS Nomenclature and Taxonomy Advisory Group) in the June 2021 edition of The Plant Review.

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Attractive flowers

Pot plant

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