Aristolochia tomentosa Sims - Dutchman's Pipe
Family - Aristolochiaceae
Stems - No info yet.
Leaves - No info yet.
Abaxial leaf surface.
Inflorescence - No info yet.
Flowers - No info yet.
Flowering - May - June.
Habitat - Bottoms, mesic upland forests, less commonly on gravel bars, sand prairies, disturbed floodplain areas.
Origin - Native to U.S.
Other info. - This species can be found in the southern half of Missouri. The plant is easy to identify becasue of its climbing stems (which are pubescent on the young growth), its big leaves, and its distinctive flowers. The flowers are commonly overlooked as they are typically hidden by the large leaves or produced high above the ground. The big fruits are more easily seen and have many flat seeds. The plant typically is seen as below:
Photographs taken along the Current River, Shannon County, MO., 6-5-03, and in Auburn, AL., 4-12-06.