We have no specific details for this species but most members of this genus have poisonous roots and stems
The plant contains aristolochic acid, this has received rather mixed reports on its toxicity. According to one report aristolochic acid stimulates white blood cell activity and speeds the healing of wounds, but is also carcinogenic and damaging to the kidneys
. Another report says that it is an active antitumour agent but is too toxic for clinical use
. Another report says that aristolochic acid has anti-cancer properties and can be used in conjunction with chemotherapy and radiotherapy and that it also increases the cellular immunity and phagocytosis function of the phagocytic cells
There are no edible uses listed for Aristolochia kaempferi.
There are no material uses listed for Aristolochia kaempferi.
. The fruit has been suggested for use in lung ailments
The fruit is used in the treatment of haemorrhoids and ascites.
The plant contains aristolochic acid, which is an active antitumour agent but is too toxic for clinical use
Seed - best sown in a greenhouse as soon as it is ripe in the autumn. Pre-soak stored seed for 48 hours in hand-hot water and surface sow in a greenhouse
. Germination usually takes place within 1 - 3 months at 20°c
. Stored seed germinates better if it is given 3 months cold stratification at 5°c
. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant out in late spring or early summer after the last expected frosts.
Division in autumn.
Root cuttings in winter
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Prefers a well-drained loamy soil, rich in organic matter, in sun or semi-shade
. Succeeds in ordinary garden soil
Most species in this genus have malodorous flowers that are pollinated by flies
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Associations & Interactions
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Polycultures & Guilds
There are no polycultures listed which include Aristolochia kaempferi.
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