Re: Aristolochic acid nephropathy
15 July 2012
At the risk of appearing pedantic, there is no way that the illustration given could possibly be an Aristolochia. It shows a member of the Compositae, the daisy family. It may indeed be nephrotoxic as well, but is certainly isn't in the Aristolochiacae. Aristolochia clematitis has become widely naturalised in Europe and can be found growing wild in the UK, although it is thought to originate from the Eastern Mediterranean and the Caucasus.
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Kingstone Surgery, Herefordshire
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