The Family Aristolochiaceae in Trinidad, with reference to its medicinal uses, its folklore, and its use as a larval foodplant by Papilionidae.

Julius O. Boos


Aristolochia, a genus with worldwide distribution, is known and used for its alleged medicinal properties. Five species (one introduced) are found on Trinidad, one of these, A. boosii Panter 1981,, being a species new to science. Other species have been recorded as being introduced for cultivation, i.e., A. elegans Mast., A. hians Willd., and A. odoratissima L. I have been unable to find specimens of these in Trinidad. The following are the species found on Trinidad and Tobago, with notes on their alleged medicinal and mystical properties. The synonymy is form Pfeifer (1966).

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