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Aristolochia bianorii Sennen & Pau
perennial herb < 0,6 m, short, carrot-shaped tuber
2-4 cm, odour barely noticeable
S France to Iberian Peninsula, Morocco, Canary Islands
thick-shelled, compressed triangular, large elaiosome,
stratification 1-3 years
A beautiful, common and self-pollinating dwarf species, the only obstacle that currently prevents A. paucinervis from being cultivated in every garden is the slow germination of seeds.
As it accounts to almost every European Aristolochia ants are attracted by the scent released from the fleshy elaiosome attached to the seeds, eventually carrying the seed to the anthill to feed their offspring.
Seeds take approximately 2 years to counteract germination inhibitors in cultivation.
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