Hongsho lota, Calico flower, aristolochia littoralis

Hongsho lota or Calico flower (aristolochia littoralis, family: aristolochiaceae) is an extensive climber with woody and slender stem. It can attain a height of 3-6 m. The plant is native to South America. 


Common names: Hongsho lota, Calico flower, Elegant Dutchman's pipe.


Flower is solitary, 6-8 cm across, violet inner side, hollow at the bottom, looking like swan. Insects are often trapped inside the pungent smelled flowers.




 Leaves are green, heart-shaped, blunted at the end.



In Bangladesh, the vine is grown in gardens for its strange-looking flowers. It needs strong support for its proper growth.



Fruit is long with flat seed.


Its propagation is caused by seed.



The evergreen climber produces flowers from April-October.