A climbing or herbaceous plant that typically has heart-shaped leaves and deep-throated, pipe-shaped flowers. It was formerly used as an aid to childbirth and to induce abortion.
Genus Aristolochia, family Aristolochiaceae‘The three groups of paleoherbs are Aristolochiales (birthwort, Dutchman's pipe), Piperales (pepper vine, lizard's tails), and Nymphaeales (lotus, waterlilies).’
- ‘The female common birdwing lays single eggs, which she attaches to the surface of the Indian birthwort leaves.’
- ‘Many of the plant relicts are members of old families: heathers, orchids, honeysuckles, birthworts, and lillies.’
- ‘Member of the genus Aristolochia are also called birthworts and are occasionally encountered in herbal preparations as a remedy for various ailments as well as to ease the pain of childbirth.’
- ‘Certainly, Europeans were familiar with Dutchmans pipes or birthworts - Aristolochia clematitis was employed as an ‘aid’ to women in labor until the late 1800s.’
- ‘The ancient Greek herbalists thought that plants belonging to this genus facilitated childbirth, hence the common name, birthwort.’
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