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Ceropegia oculata, commonly known as Peacock flytrap is an endemic species to India. In fact found only in the states of Maharashtra, Kerala and Tamil Nadu!  It’s a climber which grows on slopes of open deciduous forests and scrub jungles at altitudes from 200 to 1000 m.

The flowers trap the insect in the long tubular stem till a time the flower is pollinated by the insect, once the pollination occurs the Insect is set free! The Peacock Flytrap is seen flowering from July to October.

Habitait destruction is one of the major reason for it being endangered today.  The tubers of this plant are cooked and eaten as a delicacy by the hill dwellers.