Aristolochia tanzawana   (Kigawa) Watan.-Toma & Ohi-Toma

trivial name

size

habit

inflorescence

exposure

temperature range

humidity

water requirements

 

soil pH

propagation

difficulty

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5+ m 

perennial liana

brownish yellow with red ornaments

semi-shade

20-25 °C in summer, hardy to -5 °C with isolation

> 60 %

constant humidity and much water especially during hot days

acidic

seeds (stratification period up to 2 years), stolons

(1 = very easy, 5 = extremely difficult)


Aristolochia tanzawana surely represents one of the most spectacular and large-flowered species of the insular Siphisia group.

The slightly lobed foliage (irregular, 4-7 per leaf) is quite a strange feature as it does not seem to occur constantly within cultivated material.

 

From my perception floral characteristics are too close to A. kaempferi a taxonomic separation appears reasonable (plus occuring + intermixing sympatrically), nevertheless further studies are definitely required for a more comprehensive understanding of the infrageneric relationships in the A. kaempferi complex.

 

This particular morph shows many floral characteristics to Aristolochia liukiuensis so in fact, it could turn out to be a special morph of this species with irregular-shaped leaves.