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CCeropegia - Group of enticing flowers from the milkweed family

Ceropegia flowers have a tubular corolla with 5 petals mostly fused at the tips, forming an umbrella-like or lantern like appearance, giving rise to a common name as Lantern Flower. In India, majority of the species are distributed in peninsular region. Highest diversity of Ceropegia is found in Maharashtra with 25 species (and the most of them are endemic). These are mostly found along hill slopes or at low to high elevation lateritic plateaus mainly during Monsoon.