Aristolochia labiata Willd.
Common Name: Rooster Flower
Flower of a plant growing in Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Photograph by: Stefano
Rooster flower is a climbing shrub.
The plant is gathered from the wild for its use locally in traditional medicine[
S. America - Brazil.
Prefers a well-drained, humus-rich, loamy soil and a position in full sun or partial shade[
The flowers of many species in this genus form an intricate trap for pollinating insects. The insects are tempted to an area of the flower where they are unable to grip and they slide down into the utricle - downward pointing hairs prevent them climbing out[
]. The trap helps to ensure the fertilization of the flowers and the insects are eventually released[
The root is used as a treatment for snake bite[
Seed - pre-soak for 48 hours in warm water and surface sow. Germinates best at a temperature of 25 - 30c[
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