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Aristolochia arborea Linden

  • Common Name:
  • Family: Aristolochiaceae Juss.

  • Country of Origin: Mexico to El Salvador
  • Habitat: moist mountainsides

  • Description: Small, thin, rainforest tree of Central America with corky bark. Reaches a height of 5-6m. Flowers appear mostly in clusters near the base of the tree with occasional solitary or paired flowers in the axils higher up. Flower resembles a small capped mushroom in the genus Marasmius and possibly pollinated by mushroom gnats.

    Rare in the wild due to deforestation, uncommon in cultivation.

    Botanical Description available on pg 134 of Revision of the North and Central American Hexandrous Species of Aristolochia (Aristolochiaceae), Howard W. Pfeifer, Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden, Vol. 53, No. 2. (1966), pp. 115-196. {JSTOR archive, subscription may be required}

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Accession Data:

  • Accession # 200201599
  • Source: Marcia Kirinus - Duke
  • Provenance: acquired rooted cutting from Duke - 4/4/02
    Duke accession 98-031
    cutting to Duke from Museum of Life & Science, Durham, NC ex Missouri Botanic Garden via Tom Hecker (ML&S).
    Missouri Botanic Garden specimen was a seedling from Bonn Botanic Garden, whose specimen came from Botanic Garden Bogor by Dieter Roth.
  • Accession Date: 04-04-2002
  • Bench: 1304 - Urticaceae
  • Qty: 1 confirmed on 04-10-2014

Classification:

  • Division: Magnoliophyta
  • Class: Magnoliopsida
  • SubClass: magnoliids
  • Order: Piperales
  • SubOrder:
  • Family: Aristolochiaceae
  • SubFamily: Aristolchioideae
  • Tribe: Aristolochieae
  • SubTribe:

References:

  1. Aristolochia arborea: The Biology and Thread of a Remarkable Rain Forest Tree from Central America by Christoph Neinhuis, Dieter Roth und Wilhelm Barthlott - last visited 4/4/02.
  2. Revision of the North and Central American Hexandrous Species of Aristolochia (Aristolochiaceae), Howard W. Pfeifer, Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden, Vol. 53, No. 2. (1966), pp. 115-196. {JSTOR archive, subscription may be required}

data regenerated on Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:43:18 -0400

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Other Accessions in Aristolochiaceae

Subfamily Aristolchioideae
Tribe Aristolochieae

Subfamily Asaroideae

W/C = Wild Collected

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