Aristolochia indica

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Aristolochia indica L.

Aristolochiaceae

Life form: climber

Exposure: sun - Exposure: half shade   10

Moisture: moist

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves:

Shape: ovate

Division: simple

Shape: tubular
Fruit: not specified

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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 indica is a climber.

Naming

Aristolochia indica was described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Aristolochia indica 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 50 to 600 centimetres.

Leaves

Aristolochia indica has simple leaves that are alternate. The leaves are ovate, entire and petiolate.

Flowers and Fruits

Aristolochia indica produces solitary white tubular flowers.


Root System

Distribution

Aristolochia indica is native to India.

Cultivation

The climbers prefer a sunny to half-shady situation on moist soil. They tolerate temperatures only above at least 1°C (USDA zone 10). 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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