Birthwort (Aristolochia, Pipevine, Dutchman's Pipe)

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  • Common Name: Birthwort (Aristolochia, Pipevine, Dutchman's Pipe)
  • Latin Name: Aristolochia spp.
  • Family Name: Aristolochiaceae
All Aristolochia species contain aristolochic acid, a naturally occurring nephrotoxin and carcinogen.  These toxins have been found to cause irreversible kidney damage and cancerous tumours.

Aristolochia clematitis grows as a Wild Flower whilst other varieties prefer a warmer climate and are grown as greenhouse plants in the UK.

Because of its potential toxicity we do not advise growing the Aristolochia near the enclosure or feeding it to your tortoise.
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