Aristolochia schippii   Standl.

trivial name

size

habit

inflorescence

 

exposure

temperature range

humidity

water requirements

 

soil pH

propagation

difficulty

Schipp's Pipevine

10+ m 

twining liana

cauliflorous, red ornaments & tubercles on whitish ground

light shade

20-45 °C in summer, 12+ °C in winter 

> 60 %

constant humidity and much water especially during hot days

slightly acidic

seeds, cuttings

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


This species vegetatively belongs to the very largest of this genus! If provided with sufficient nutrients, water and humidity the leathery, orange-veined leaves can reach dimensions of more than 50 x 25 cm. In most cases, however, it will stay smaller and adapt to normal air humidity  by producing smaller, waxy leaves.

 

Breaking a leaf or cutting parts back causes the plant to emit a very special scent - not smelling disgusting as some flowers of Aristolochia do but somehow strange yet aromatic.

 

The curious flowers will appear in clusters (racemes) out of the older parts of the woody stem, a characteristic feature attributed to the subseries Anthocaulicae of the section Gymnolobus.