Aristolochia pohliana   Duch.

trivial name

size

habit

inflorescence

exposure

temperature range

humidity

water requirements

 

soil pH

propagation

difficulty

Pohl's Pelican-Pipevine

10+ m 

twining liana

green-white

semi-shade

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

> 50 %

constant humidity and much water especially during hot days

slightly acidic

seeds, cuttings

1 (1 = very easy, 5 = extremely difficult)


Aristolochia pohliana undoubtedly belongs to the labiata complex characterized by the well-known Pelican-like flower type.

 

It's made itself a name as the most feral hybridizer in the affinity of this complex and is responsible for a huge "mess" of spontaneous hybrids (e.g. Aristolochia [galeata x cf. pohliana] and many, many more ) especially abundant in cultivation when uncontrolled, open pollination occurs.

 

The "true", wild-type morph is quite a stunner nevertheless. When in female stage (1st day of flowering) it emits a very unpleasant odor.