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ARISTOLOCHIACEAE

PIPEVINE FAMILY

Michael R. Mesler and Karen Lu

Perennial from rhizome, woody vine, shrub, aromatic
Stem branched, sometimes nearly all underground
Leaves simple, basal, cauline, or arising singly from rhizome, alternate; blade generally cordate, entire
Inflorescence: flower generally solitary, axillary or terminal
Flower bisexual, radial or bilateral; sepals 3, free or fused; petals generally 0; stamens generally 6 or 12, free or fused to style; pistil generally 1, ovary generally inferior or partly so, chambers generally 6
Fruit: generally capsule
Seeds many
Genera in family: 10 genera, 600 species: mainly tropical, warm temp; some cultivated (Aristolochia , Asarum )
Reference: [Gregory 1956 Amer J Bot 43:110–122]

ASARUM

WILD-GINGER

Perennial from horizontal rhizome at soil surface or deep, ± vertical rhizome, spreading or clumped, gingery-aromatic
Leaves basal or arising singly from rhizome, generally evergreen; blade cordate to reniform
Inflorescence: flower terminal, at ground level
Flower radial, generally dark colored; sepals 3, persistent, adherent into a tube or fused; stamens 12, free from style
Fruit: fleshy capsule
Seed with fleshy appendage, dispersed by ants
Species in genus: 90 species: n temp
Etymology: (Greek: derivation unknown)

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