Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Family Profile
Family Description

A family of about 9 genera and about 490 species, most of them in the genus Aristolochia, pantropic but with species extending into temperate areas; 1 genus occurs 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); Parsons (1996); Ross & Halford (2007); Buchwalder (2014).

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


Buchwalder, K., Samain, M.-S., Sankowsky, G., Neinhuis, C. & Wanke, S. (2014), Nomenclatural updates of Aristolochia subgenus Pararistolochia (Aristolochiaceae). Australian Systematic Botany 27: 48-55.

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.

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