Common name: Calico Flower, Dutchman's Pipe, Pipe vine
Botanical name: Aristolochia elegans Family: Aristolochiaceae (Birthwort family)
Native to South America, Calico flower is a tender evergreen
vine with very unusual flowers.
Leaves are beautiful, bright green heart shaped. These are about 3 in
long by 2 in wide and grow closely together to create a dense mass of
foliage. Slender woody stems twine gracefully in tight coils around any
support, growing to heights of 10-15 ft. In summer
the vine produces abundance of 3 in flowers scattered among the drooping
leaves. The greenish-white flowers have a s-shaped tube that
is flared at the mouth that resembles a 19th century Dutch pipe.
Species of Aristolochia are generically called
pipe vines or Dutchman's pipes for this reason. The inner portion surface
of the mouth of the "pipe" is covered with a purplish-brown pattern that
is reminiscent of calico fabric which inspire this species common name
|Photographed in Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh.|