Aristolochia tomentosa Sims

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Glossary

perianth
Calyx and corolla. Term used especially when petals and sepals are not easily distinguished from each other.
apex
(pl. apices) Tip. apical At the apex.
bract
Reduced leaf often subtending flower or inflorescence.
calyx
(pl. calyces) Outer whorl of the perianth. Composed of several sepals.
ovate
Egg-shaped; broadest towards the stem.

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A vigorous, deciduous climber 20 to 30 ft high, with very woolly young stems, leaves, and flowers. Leaves broadly ovate to roundish, heart-shaped at the base, mostly rounded at the apex; 3 to 8 in. long, often nearly as wide; dull pale green, only slightly downy above; leaf-stalk 1 to 3 in. long, woolly. Flowers solitary on a woolly stalk, which is 2 in. long, gradually thickening upwards. Perianth about 112 in. long, tubular, inflated at the base, resembling a Dutch pipe, 34 in. wide at the orifice, where it expands into three distinct lobes; the tubular part of the flower is greenish yellow, the throat dark brown, and the lobes yellowish. Flowers about midsummer. Fruits 2 in. long, cylindric, angled. Bot. Mag., t. 1369.

Native of S.E. United States; introduced in 1799. Although not so frequently seen in gardens as A. macrophylla, it is a useful climber for similar positions. Its leaves do not run so large, and it is very distinct in its woolly parts, in the more deeply and distinctly three-lobed limb of the calyx, and in the absence of a bract on the flower-stalk.

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