Vines & Scramblers

Passion flower/fruit

Passiflora subpeltata, P. edulis, P. foetida, P. suberosa, P. mollissima

Even the popular edible Passion fruit spp have become problematic weeds of bushland, mainly because of human negligence discarding unwanted fruit or merely failing to harvest.
  • Family Passifloraceae
  • Origin Chiefly tropical South America
  • Habit Vigorous climber with tendrils.
  • Leaves Varying with species; from 10mm up to 150mm long; generally 3-lobed some times ovate; pale green with powdery film and blunt tips to dark green with pointed tips.
  • Flowers Passion flowers are very distinctive in shape. They range from 1-5cm across with colours from plain white to white blotched purple, pinks and reds; 5-10 petals; numerous cream/yellow stamens and a prominent divided stigma. Spring-Summer.
  • Fruit Globe-shaped drupe, generally pulpy 15-50mm long, glossy, yellow, green, red or purple/black.
  • Roots Lateral roots form at right angle to stem, break easily when pulled, re-shoot from remnant root stock.
  • Dispersal Seeds spread by humans, water, animals and garden refuse dumping.
  • Control Scrape and Paint, Cut and treat root system, Foliar spray with penetrant.

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