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Family Description

A family of about 12 genera and about 475 species, most of them in the genera Aristolochia and Pararistolochia, pantropic but with species extending into temperate areas; 2 genera occur naturally in Australia.


Aristolochia - A genus of about 300 species, pantropic. Six species occur naturally in Australia and four species are naturalised. Ding Hou (1984); Ross & Halford (2007).

Pararistolochia - A genus of over 31 species in Africa, Malesia and Australia; seven species occur naturally in Australia. Parsons (1996); Ross & Halford (2007).


Ding Hou (1984). Aristolochiaceae. In 'Flora Malesiana.' Ser. 1, Vol. 10, (Martinus Nijhoff: The Hague), pp. 53-108.

Parsons, M.J. (1996). New species of Aristolochia & Pararistolochia (Aristolochiaceae) from Australia and New Guinea. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 120:199-238.

Ross, E.M. & Halford, D.A. (2007). Aristolochiaceae. Flora of Australia 2: 244-258.