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Common name

English: Bitter ghaap, Bushman's hat


Kingdom: Plantae (2625)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2528)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2137)

      Order: Gentianales (112)

        Family: Apocynaceae (37)(family description)

          Genus: Ceropegia (2)

            Epithet: gordonii (Masson) Bruyns (1)

Synonyms: Gonostemon gordonii (Masson) Sweet, Hoodia albispina N.E.Br., Hoodia bainii Dyer, Hoodia barklyi Dyer, Hoodia burkei N.E.Br., Hoodia gordonii (Masson) Sweet ex Decne., Hoodia husabensis Nel, Hoodia langii Oberm. & Letty, Hoodia longispina D.C.H.Plowes, Hoodia pillansii N.E.Br., Hoodia rosea Oberm. & Letty, Hoodia whitesloaneana Dinter, Monothylaceum gordonii (Masson) G.Don, Scytanthus gordonii (Masson) Hook., Stapelia gordonii Masson

albispina => white spines

bainii => in honor of Andrew Geddes Bain (1797-1864), a Scottish geologist and road engineer working in South Africa

burkei => in honor of Joseph Burke (1812-1873), UK/US collector of plants and animals in Southern Africa

gordonii => in honor of Gordon McPherson, US curator Missouri Botanical Garden or Alexander Gordon (1813-c.1873), US collector

husabensis => from the Husab Mountains area of the central Namib Desert in Namibia

langii => in honor of Herbert Lang (1879-1957), German zoologist and plant collector

longispina => with long spines

pillansii => in honor of Neville Stuart Pillans (1884-1964), South African botanist

rosea => rose or pale red-pink coloured

whitesloaneana => in honor of Alain Campbell White (1880– 1951), US botanist and chess composer and Boyd Lincoln Sloane (1886–1955), US botanist


Climate: sub-tropical

Habit: herb

Flower colour: pink, red, yellow, beige

External links

Check for Ceropegia gordonii at

World Flora Online, GBIF or IPNI

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