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Passiflora foetida - Stinking Passionfruit

Genus: Passiflora.

Species: Passiflora foetida.

Common name: Stinking Passionfruit
Botanic name: Passiflore Foetida
Family: Passifloraceae

A common weedy vine, seeds are spread by birds. It climbs by means of tendrils which are often tightly coiled, formed from modified axillary buds. Leaves are often 3-lobed, are covered by yellowish hairs which have an unpleasant odour when crushed.

Flowers to 5 cm diam., petals cream to pale mauve, corona usually pale mauve in colour, ovary with prominent styles. Fruit is a yellow to orange berry enclosed in deeply dissected bracts and bracteoles, glandular hairs present on them.

A native of South America, stinking passion flower (Passiflora foetida) is considered an invasive environmental weed.

Photos of this plant

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