Floral Biology of Aristolochia

cover of Discovering the Floral Biology of Aristolochia by Dr. Richard Rintz

Dr. Rintz was looking for milkweeds at Big Bend in Texas when he came across this curious little flower. It was an Aristolochia. He got curious.

Aristolochia or pipevines are unusual flowers found in the New World with a curved tube coming up from a spherical chamber. Insects are lured in and trapped for a day or two, then released. Most of the work was done in Germany from 1793 to 1994 and never translated into English leaving botanists unable to read German unknowingly duplicating their work. This book contains English translations of nineteen important papers illuminating how German botanists discovered how the Aristolochia flowers work. There are numerous illustrations.

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