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Aristolochia odoratissima L.


Fragrant Pipevine


twining liana > 5 m


8-12 cm, fruity odour


South America


flat, winged and nearly oval, no elaiosome

Aristolochia odoratissima - hence its name - is an extremely showy and fragrant species, however, considered enormously lazy-flowering.


By accident I recognized there are to be distinguished several very different strains, considering not only the vegetative appearance but especially the amount of flowers generated.


Even specimens grown from a single seed pod can vary enormously.

Some produce runners over and over, covering whole patios but never flowering in a decade while other (usually more delicate) specimens will produce flowers in every mature leaf axil.

I wonder what the use of this mechanism (?) could be in situ...

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