Aristolochia chiquitensis   Duch.

trivial name

size

habit

inflorescence

 

exposure

temperature range

humidity

water requirements

soil pH

propagation

difficulty

Chiquitos-Dutchman's Pipe

3+ m 

rhizomatose, twining liana

purplish-black patterns on whitish ground and a characteristic yellow ribbon

sunny conditions

20-45 °C in summer, 5-12 °C in winter 

> 40 %

drought-resistant, water carefully!

alkaline

seeds, (root) cuttings

(1 = very easy, 5 = extremely difficult)


Aristolochia chiquitensis probably represents one of the most confusing taxa in South American subser. Hexandrae. In fact, almost every Aristolochia with coriaceous leaves and wiry shoots either has been assigned  to Aristolochia arcuata, rugosa or this species, ignoring a massive (unassignable) variety of floral differences in several dozen distinctive specimens which can even be held apart geographically. 

 

Taking into account the type material of Aristolochia chiquitensis this pale form with the tentaculous limb and a characteristic yellow ribbon is to be regarded the only 'true' Aristolochia chiquitensis s.str.