I know a lot of people who grow Carnivorous Plants also grow Aristolochias. I'm always surprised that more don't.
These I'll send for postage. I am also looking for trades, for Nepenthes plants, seedlings, cuttings (rooted, unrooted). See also my other post: http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...-for-Nepenthes
The one I have available for postage is Aristolochia macroura. I have 12 that were rooted a few weeks ago, potted up, and adjusted to inside humidity. I also have 30 more rooted cuttings that I just removed from their crowded rooting chambers and will pot up after I finish typing. The giveaway is initially for the 12, but I will hopefully follow up with some of the 30.
At first glance, the flowers of Aristolochia macroura bear some resemblance to the pitchers of Nepenthes. Both are modified leaves and are designed to catch (usually) insects. The Aristolochia does it for pollination, not food, and releases the flies after a day (inward pointing hairs shrivel, I think), hopefully covered with pollen to visit the next flower...
As far as I know this is basically an outdoor plant, although I assume there are people skilled enough to grow it and bloom it inside. It tends to bloom in the Spring around here, and in our climate is probably a zone 9b plant.
Here are photos of a previous plant in bloom which I grew in Sunnyvale, CA., cuttings originally from Albert H. The current clone is from Annie's Annuals, and may or may not be the same clone. I don't know.
And here are the 12 rooted cuttings that are ready to go:
And the 30 that I will pot up tonight.
Even single node cuttings root easily and quickly with bottom heat, using moist perlite as a medium, in an enclosed environment.
Shipping will likely cost $7.15 potted (or a little less closer to CA) for Priority mail, although there may be cheaper options, such as a First Class Parcel ($4 roughly, again potted), although I don't have many small boxes. I am not opposed to trying to send one in a padded envelope, (partially) bareroot, which would be somewhere around $3-$4. The cheaper options might be particularly risky this time of year.