Aristolochia sp.
The Aristolochiaceae are a family of herbaceous or woody climbers or shrubs. Both the family name (Greek for ‘best for childbirth’) and the common name (‘birthworts’) refer to the fact that, from the classical to the late medieval period, women drank the juice from the stems to stimulate uterine contractions and help expel the placenta. However, modern research has shown that the roots and stems contain high levels of aristolochic acid, which is carcinogenic and damages the kidneys. The genus Aristolochia is distributed throughout the tropics and subtropics. Their flowers emit a smell to attract pollinating insects such as carrion flies, which are trapped by hairs inside the floral tube. They are released only when the hairs wither at the end of the day, by which time they are covered in pollen and ready to visit another flower. The specimen shown here is an unopened fruit.

Levon Biss

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Exhibit: POS LB 242 03

 

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Aristolochia sp.
أرستولوتشيا
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The Aristolochiaceae are a family of herbaceous or woody climbers or shrubs. Both the family name (Greek for ‘best for childbirth’) and the common name (‘birthworts’) refer to the fact that, from the classical to the late medieval period, women drank the juice from the stems to stimulate uterine contractions and help expel the placenta. However, modern research has shown that the roots and stems contain high levels of aristolochic acid, which is carcinogenic and damages the kidneys. The genus Aristolochia is distributed throughout the tropics and subtropics. Their flowers emit a smell to attract pollinating insects such as carrion flies, which are trapped by hairs inside the floral tube. They are released only when the hairs wither at the end of the day, by which time they are covered in pollen and ready to visit another flower. The specimen shown here is an unopened fruit.

بدءاً من العصر الكلاسيكي وصولاً إلى أواخر العصور الوسطى، شربت النساء العصير من جذوع هذه النبتة لتحفيز الانقباضات أثناء الولادة. غير أنّ الأبحاث الحديثة أظهرت أنّ الجذور والجذوع تحتوي على مستويات عالية من حمض الأرستولوكيك، وهو مادةٌ مُسرطنة وتضرّ بالكلى. يتوزّع الأرستولوتشيا النباتي في جميع أنحاء المناطق المدارية وشبه الاستوائية. تفوح من أزهار هذه النبتة رائحة تجذب الحشرات الملقّحة مثل الذباب الجيفي، الذي تحبسهُ الشعيرات داخل أنبوب الأزهار. يتمّ إطلاقها فقط عندما تذبل الشعيرات في نهاية اليوم، وبحلول ذلك الوقت، تتمّ تغطيتها بحبوب اللقاح وتكون جاهزة لزهرة أخرى. تُظهر العينة الموضحة هنا فاكهة لم تُفتح بعد.

Photographer:
Levon Biss
ليفون بيس

Print Only: $1,650.00

Framed Print: $1,910.00

Print Size: 938x670 mm

Frame Size: 1140x870 mm

Exhibit: POS LB 242 03

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