Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Piperales

Aristolochiaceae - Dutchman's pipe family

Stannard, B.L. (1997) Aristolochiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(2)

Description of the family

Herbs, climbers, rarely shrubs. Stipules 0 but stipule-like leaves may be present in the leaf axils. Leaves alternate, often palmately-veined, simple, entire or 3-5-lobed. Flowers bisexual, actinomorphic or zygomorphic, solitary or arranged in racemes or cymes. Calyx petaloid, usually enlarged with a basal tube; apical limb 1-3-lobed. Petals 0. Stamens 6-10 or many. Ovary inferior, 3-6-locular. Style with 3-6 stigmas. Fruit usually a many-seeded capsule. Seeds sometimes winged.

Worldwide: 12 genera and 450-500 species, mostly tropical and subtropical, but with some in warm temperate regions.

Zimbabwe: 1 genus and 4 taxa.

Aristolochia littoralis

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Aristolochia L.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Aristolochiaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Aristolochiaceae
Flora of Malawi: Aristolochiaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Aristolochiaceae
Flora of Zambia: Aristolochiaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Aristolochiaceae

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Aristolochiaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Aristolochiaceae
Wikipedia: Aristolochiaceae

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Family page: Aristolochiaceae.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=21, retrieved 4 February 2023

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