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Thottea parviflora Ridley

Thottea parviflora Ridley

Family

Aristolochiaceae

Synonyms

None

Vernacular Names

Malaysia chudok (Pahang).
Thailand huu mee (peninsular).

Geographical Distributions

Thottea parviflora is distributed from peninsular Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia.

Description

T. parviflora is a small and erect shrub and pubescent that can grow measure 1-2 m tall.

The leaves are ovate, obovate to broadly elliptical in shape, with a size of measure 10-26 cm x 4.5-9 cm, acuminate apex, puberulous blade, 2 or 3 pairs of basal veins that ascending upwards to 2/3 of the blade. The lateral veins are 6-9 pairs while the other veins are parallel.

The inflorescence is a spikeform or racemose cluster, up to measure 1.5 cm long and in axils of fallen leaves. The perianth is bell-shaped, with a size of measure 2-4 mm long, as well as with a size of measure 6 mm in diametre, white, greenish, pinkish to purplish in colour, papillate inside, longitudinal veins and loosely reticulate. The lobes are semi-orbicular and with a size of measuring 1.5-3 mm x 3.5-4.5 mm. The stamens are (15-)20-22 in 4 whorls. The style is almost branched from the base, with 4-5 lobes and hairless.

The capsules are slender and up to measure 9 cm long.

Ecology / Cultivation

T. parviflora occurs in lowland forest, occasionally in swampy forest, up to 150 m altitude. In Thailand it is also occasionally found on granite rock in forests, up to about 1000 m.

Line Drawing / Photograph

Thottea_parviflora

References

  1. Plant Resources of South-East Asia No. 12 (2): Medicinal and poisonous plants.

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