Purple Thottea

Photo: YC Wee
Photo: YC Wee

Name: Purple Thottea (Thottea grandiflora)

Classification: Plantae > Tracheophyta > Magnoliopsida > Aristolochiaceae > Piperales Thottea grandiflora

Habitat: Lowland forest

Description: This threatened forest shrub is one of the three native species of the birthwort family (Aristolochiaceae) in Singapore. It grows to a height of up to 2m, and its purplish-red flowers are large (12.5cm) (left). The other two native species are Aristolochia jackii, a forest climbing shrub, and Thottea dependens that has been declared nationally extinct. Cultivated species are non-native climbers with flamboyant flowers.


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