Aristolochia cucurbitifolia   Hayata

trivial name

size

habit

inflorescence

exposure

temperature range

humidity

water requirements

 

soil pH

propagation

difficulty

Zucchini-leafed Dutchman's Pipe

5+ m 

perennial liana

whitish with brown sepals and ochre colourations

shade

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

> 60 %

constant humidity and much water especially during hot days

slightly alkaline

seeds (stratification period up to 2 years), stolons

(1 = very easy, 5 = extremely difficult)


A very showy species from SE Asia, even if not in flower! The curious digitate leaves make a nice display all year round and drop off only if temperatures fall below 0 °C for a longer period of time.

 

Unfortunately this species is pretty scarce and threatened in its natural habitat, thus listed as 'Endangered' according to IUCN criteria.

Luckily it made its way into cultivation decades ago and is capable of proliferating continuously via stolons if provided the right conditions.

 

Apparently the flower shape, size and coloration can vary considerably within this species, making a precise ID not always easy although the palmate leaves usually provide a good orientation. However, it seems there are also morphs without digitate leaves!