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This species is accepted, and its native range is S. DR Congo to Zimbabwe.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

Aristolochiaceae, B.L. Stannard. Flora Zambesiaca 9:2. 1997

Morphology General Habit
Perennial herb with annual stems from a woody or fleshy rootstock.
Morphology Stem
Stems trailing, up to c. 40 cm long, usually sulcate and angular (in dried state at least), puberulous to shortly pilose, sometimes sparsely so.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 1.5–9(10) ? 1–6(8) cm, ovate to ovate-oblong, obtuse to subacute and sometimes mucronate at the apex, rounded to subtruncate at the base; lamina with 5(7) principal longitudinal veins from the base, glabrous above, usually shortly pilose on the veins below, sometimes sparsely so; veins prominent below; petioles 2–10(13) mm long, shortly pilose.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers solitary in leaf axils, rarely 2(3?), or in short racemose inflorescences; pedicels (including ovary) 8–15 mm long, puberulous to shortly pilose; bracts leaf-like, 4–12 ? 1.5–7 mm, ovate to elliptic or lanceolate, acute at the apex, rounded to cuneate at the base, ± glabrous above, shortly pilose mainly on veins below, sometimes sparsely so.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Perianth greenish in lower part, dark purple to crimson-brown in upper part, shortly pilose mainly along veins outside; limb puberulous or ± glabrous inside, pilose in throat;constricted part below the utricle 1–2 mm long; inflated part (utricle) 2.5–7 mm in diameter, subglobose; tube straight, 5–16 ? 1–2 mm, cylindrical, dilated at apex; limb 13–35 ? 2–8 mm, narrowly ligulate or oblong elliptic.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynostemium
Gynostemium 2–3 mm tall, anthers 6.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit a 6-ribbed capsule, 1.5–2.7 ? 1–1.8 cm, oblong-pyriform, apex rounded, base attenuate into stipe 3–7 mm long, sparsely pilose mainly along ribs to glabrous; the mature capsule and stipe split longitudinally into 6 segments which remain joined to the pedicel by the elements of the stipe.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 5–6.5 ? 3.5–5 mm, triangular with rounded corner and curled margins (in dried state at least), creamy-yellow, smooth with thick cuneate raphe down middle of one side sometimes ± equalling the seed in width.

Native to:

Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Aristolochia heppii Merxm. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Greenway, P.J. [8120], Zambia 24197.000
Dehn, G. [R19], Zimbabwe K000350277 isotype

First published in Mitt. Bot. Staatssamml. München 6: 197 (1953)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 529. MIM, Deurne.
  • Pope, G.V. (ed.) (1997). Flora Zambesiaca 9(2): 1-64. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

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