Aristolochia heppii Merxm.

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Aristolochia heppii

Photo: Bart Wursten
11, Blue Haze Lane, Umwinsidale

Aristolochia heppii

Photo: Bart Wursten
11, Blue Haze Lane, Umwinsidale

Aristolochia heppii

Photo: Bart Wursten
11, Blue Haze Lane, Umwinsidale

Aristolochia heppii

Photo: Bart Wursten
11, Blue Haze Lane, Umwinsidale

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Status: Native
Description:
Perennial creeping or trailing herb with annual stems, up to c. 40 cm long, growing from a woody or fleshy rootstock. Leaves ovate-oblong, 1.5 - 10 cm long, hairless above, more or less hairy below, particularly on the veins, 3-7-veined from the base. Flowers solitary or 2-3 together, axillary; bracts leaf-like, up to 12 × 7 mm, ovate-elliptic to lanceolate. Perianth tube c. 20 mm long, greenish below, purplish above, swollen at the base; lip dark purple, narrowly oblong-elliptic, up to 3.5 cm long. Fruit a capsule, 1.5 - 3 m long, oblong cylindric, 6-ribbed, splitting into 6 segments while remaining on the plant, forming a "hanging basket".
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Habitat: Occurring in miombo woodland and grassland, often on sandy soils.
Altitude range: (metres) 915 - 1390 m
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Worldwide distribution: DRC, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Wednesday 9 June 2010
Literature:

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 19.

Stannard, B.L. (1997). Aristolochiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(2) Page 23. (Includes a picture).


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Aristolochia heppii.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=121650, retrieved 23 September 2017

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