Aristolochia tagala Cham

Last updated: 07 April 2015

Scientific Name

Aristolochia tagala Cham.


Aristolochia acuminata Lam., Aristolochia angulosa Wall. ex Duch., Aristolochia eschscholtzii Ledeb. ex Duchesne, Aristolochia roxburghiana Klotzsch, Aristolochia subsagittata Blanco [1]

Vernacular Name

Malaysia Akar ketola hutan, akar petola hutan (Peninsular) [2][3]; akar ara bukit [4]
English Birthwort, dutchman’s pipe [2]
China Yin du ma dou ling, chui guo ma dou ling, luan ye ma dou ling, luan ye lei gong teng [3]
India Nallayishwari (Telugu); valiya arayan, mala arayan [3]
Indonesia Kalayar (Sundanese); puyan (Javanese); kunit (Sulawesi); puyan, prajon (Javanese) [2][3]
Thailand Krachao pheemot, krachao mot (Central) [2][3]; krachao sida [4]
Philippines Timbangan (Tagalog); goan-goan (Bisaya); nagerus (Iloko) [2]
Vietnam Ph[of]ng k[yr], d[aa]y kh[oos] r[as]ch [2][3]
France Aristoloche [2][3].

Geographical Distributions

Aristolochia tagala is distributed from India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, through Burma (Myanmar), Indo-China (Cambodia, Vietnam), China and Thailand, to the whole of Malesia, the Solomon Islands and Australia (Queensland). [2]

This plant occurs in forest and thickets, usually up to 800 m altitude, but in Thailand up to 1050 m and in New Guinea up to 1350 m. [2]

Botanical Description

A. tagala comes from the family of Aristolochiaceae. This is a climber that can reach up to 20 m long. The branches are slightly furrowed with a diametre up to 5 mm. [2]

The 6-20(-27) cm x 4-10(-16) cm leaves are usually egg-shaped to egg-shaped-oblong. They are heart-shaped at the base with rounded auricles. It is sparsely short-haired to sub-hairless underneath with 2 pairs of basal veins. There are 3-5 pairs of secondary veins and loosely reticulate or crossbar-like tertiary veins. [2]

The flowers are in raceme-like or resembling an indeterminate branches raceme-like inflorescence, 1-lipped whole floral leaves, with faint venation that is either pale yellowish or greenish to purplish or dark reddish-brown. [2]

The fruit is nearly globular and slightly pear-shaped or oblong that up to 4 cm long. [2]

The seeds are winged. [2]


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Figure 1: The line drawing of A. tagala Cham. [2]


  1. The Plant List. Ver1.1. Aristolochia tagala Cham. [homepage on the Internet]. c2013 [updated 2012 Mar 23; cited 2015 Apr 07]. Available from:
  2. Kiew R. Aristolochia tagala Cham. In: de Padua LS, Bunyapraphatsara N, Lemmens RHMJ editors. Plant Resources of South-East Asia No. 12(1): Medicinal and poisonous plants 1. Leiden, Netherlands: Backhuys Publisher; 1999. p. 138-139.
  3. Philippines medicinal plants. Aristolochia tagala. [homepage on the internet] c2014. [updated 2014; cited 2015 Apr 9] Available from
  4. Herbal medicine Research Centre Institute for Medical research. Compendium of Medicinal Plants Used in Malaysia. Volume 1. Kuala Lumpur: HMRC-IMR; 2002. p. 84.