Aristolochia macrophylla Lam. 

Pipe vine, Dutchman’s Pipe

Names and Myths

Aristolochia Grk aristos, best, and lochia delivery

Macrophylla large leaved. The pipe-shaped flower is the reason for the common name

Natural history / Folklore

One common name is best birth, the swollen section of the flower was thought to resemble a swollen womb, hence by the Doctrine of signatures good for women in childbed. Later it was seen as the bowl of the pipe.2

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Woody vine with large heart shaped leaves and an easily spotted pipe shaped flower. Vine with heart shaped leaves and brown flowers resembling a Dutch Pipe. 33