Aristolochia cretica

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Aristolochia cretica Lam.

Aristolochiaceae

Life form: climber

Exposure: sun - Exposure: half shade  

Moisture: moist

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves:

Shape: cordate

Division: simple

Shape: tubular
Fruit: not specified

165B / 92481f 

Inflorescence: solitary

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Piperopsida
Subclassis:
Piperidae
Superordo:
Lactoridanae
Ordo:
Aristochiales

Aristolochia cretica is a climber.

Naming

Aristolochia cretica was described by Jean-Baptiste Pierre Antoine de Monet de Lamarck in 1783. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Aristolochia cretica is a species in the genus Aristolochia which contains approximately 489 to 545 species and belongs to the family of the Aristolochiaceae (Birthwort Family). The type species of the genus is Aristolochia rotunda.

Characteristics

Growth

The climbers reach heights of 10 to 80 centimetres.

Leaves

Aristolochia cretica has simple leaves that are alternate. The leaves are cordate, undulate and petiolate.

Flowers and Fruits

Aristolochia cretica produces solitary brown tubular flowers from March to May.


Root System

Distribution

Aristolochia cretica is native to Crete.

Cultivation

The climbers prefer a sunny to half-shady situation on moist soil. Under glass use loamless potting compost.

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Poisonousness

All plant parts are toxic and may cause discomfort if consumed. All plant parts may irritate the skin.

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Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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