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Overview

Distribution

Distribution: On the edge of dry secondary forests. Native of South America but cultivated throughout the Antilles. Naturalized on St. John and Tortola, cultivated on St. Croix.

  • González, F. A. 1990. Aristolochiaceae. Flora de Colombia. 12: 1-185.
  • Rankin Rodríguez, R., 1998. Aristolochiaceae. Flora de la República de Cuba. Fascículo 1-2, 29 pp.
  • Rankin Rodríguez, R. & W. Greuter. 1999. Taxon 48: 677-688. Rankin Rodríguez, R. 2001. La familia Aristolochiaceae en Cuba. Ph. D. Thesis, Universidad de La Habana, Cuba.

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Distribution: A native of Brazil, cultivated in gardens of Pakistan.
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Physical Description

Morphology

Description

A slender climber, 1.5-2.5 with pendulous branches and foliage, Leaves 4-10 x 5-11.0 cm broadly ovate-cordate, obtuse at the apex, glabrous on both surfaces; petiole 3-5 cm long. Inflorescence solitary, axillary. Flowers on long pedicels, up to 7 cm long. Perianth limb inflated, pale yellowish green, swollen, contracted at the mouth, funnel-shaped at top, rich purple with creamy white markings. Stamens 6. Gynostegium short, cylindrical. Capsule c.4 cm long.
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Diagnostic Description

  • González, F. A. 1990. Aristolochiaceae. Flora de Colombia. 12: 1-185.
  • Rankin Rodríguez, R., 1998. Aristolochiaceae. Flora de la República de Cuba. Fascículo 1-2, 29 pp.
  • Rankin Rodríguez, R. & W. Greuter. 1999. Taxon 48: 677-688. Rankin Rodríguez, R. 2001. La familia Aristolochiaceae en Cuba. Ph. D. Thesis, Universidad de La Habana, Cuba.

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Life History and Behavior

Cyclicity

Flower/Fruit

Fl.Per.: June July.
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Barcode data: Aristolochia elegans

The following is a representative barcode sequence, the centroid of all available sequences for this species.


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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Aristolochia elegans

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 2
Specimens with Barcodes: 5
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Notes

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Commonly known as Calico flower.
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