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Aristolochia braziliensis

Birthwort

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Features

  • BloomsJuly
  • Growth HabitClimbing
  • Flower ColourBlack and white

Description

Aristolochia braziliensis (Birthwort). This genus are specialised to catch insects and other very small animals. They also need flies and beetles to pollinate them. The sepals form a sac with a narrow entrance and a protruding lip which acts as a landing platform for insects. Once inside attracted by the scent the flies are trapped by inward growing hairs,

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous or Evergreen, Vine or Insectivorous

Other common names

Dutchman's pipe

Origin

Brazil

Interest and use

Insectivorous

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessTropical (min 17°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

Provide support.

Propagation

Spring or by semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Red spider mite and whitefly may be problematic.

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