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Blunt-leaved Passionfruit

(Passiflora aurantia, fam. Passifloriaceae)

Passiflora aurantia Passiflora aurantia Passiflora aurantia Passiflora aurantia Passiflora aurantia
Small to medium vine with fine, hairless stems and unbranched, axillary tendrils.
Form or habit: Climbing or twining plant

Usually 3-lobed with lobes broad and shallow, central lobe broadest at base, apex of lobes rounded, lobe margins entire, 3 prominent veins, 2 - 8cm long, hairless, glossy green, lower surface paler and more or less dull. Petiole 1-3cm long, with 2 raised glands near apex.

Flower conspicuous: Conspicuous
Flower colour: Whitish changing to bright pink and red with age.
Flower description:Star like. Held upright, 6cm bourne singly in leaf axils. Flowers May to July and sporadically.
Fruit conspicuous: Conspicuous
Fruit colour: Green, ripening to purplish.
Fruit: Fleshy
Fruit description: Green berry, ripening to purplish, egg-shaped 2-5cm long, numerous black seeds in greyish pulp.
Habitat:Rainforest,Vine thicket,Beach Scrub/Littoral Rainforest
Distribution:From Cooktown QLD to North Eastern NSW in rainforests and thickets.
Food source for:Food plant for Glasswing and Cruiser butterflies.
Toxicity:No toxicity known
Weed status:
Notes:A fast growing vine suitable for screening and trellises. Well drained soils and full sun desirable. Fruit NOT edible.
Information sources:
Harden G.J. etal (2007) Rainforest Climbing Plants, A field guide to their identification.

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