Aristolochiaceae

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Aristolochiaceae

[ə‚ris·tə‚lō·kē′ās·ē‚ē]
(botany)
The single family of the plant order Aristolochiales.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Aristolochiaceae

 

a family of dicotyledonous plants. They are perennial herbs and woody lianas; more rarely, they are erect shrubs and shrublets. The leaves are alternate, entire, and exstipulate; infrequently they are three- to five-lobed. The flowers are solitary or in inflorescences; they are often carrion-scented. There are between seven and ten genera (approximately 600 species), found primarily in the tropics and subtropics. In the USSR there are ten species of the genera Aristolochia and Asarum. Some Aristolochiaceae are cultivated as ornamentals.

REFERENCE

Takhtadzhian, A. L. Sistema i filogeniia tsvetkovykh rastenii. Moscow-Leningrad, 1966.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.