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Aristolochia veracruzana J.F.Ortega
scrambling and twining liana, > 5 m
5-7 cm, mushroom odour
thick-shelled, ovate, elaiosome present
Aristolochia veracruzana belongs to a number of outstanding tropical Mexican species with bizarre flower shapes. Fungus gnats are trapped in the dangerous-looking flower by entering a larger hollow behind the pronounced bulge.
Although not very common in cultivation this species is propagated via hand-pollination easily. Saplings flower within a single vegetation period making A. veracruzana very unique compared to related species that may take up to a decade.
Interestingly flowers mainly appear at the base of the shoots short above soil level - to attract pollinators.
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