Pararistolochia praevenosa

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Family: Aristolochiaceae
Genus: Pararistolochia
Common name: Richmond Birdwing vine
ALA reference

I have planted into the reserve just over a dozen plants of Pararistolochia praevenosa (Richmond Birdwing Vine). While I have no specific evidence that this species ever grew in the reserve it did originally grow right across the Brisbane area. It is the most common host plant for the Richmond Birdwing butterfly. The Richmond Birdwing Conservation Network is trying to establish a patchwork of these plants throughout SE Queensland and Northern NSW. We have four large vines growing in our garden and they provided the seeds for these plants. I suspect that this species may be difficult to transplant, but once established these vines seem to be remarkably hardy and drought tolerant. As they say “if you plant it, they will come”. However, although we’ve had our plants for about ten years I’m yet to see a butterfly. (February 2013)

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