Vascular – Exotic
Lianes & Related Trailing Plants - Dicotyledons
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Likely to invade forest margins and shrubland, particularly in warmer areas.
Vigorous vine. Leaves 3-lobed, up to 10 cm long, pubescent below and almost hairless above. Flowers salmon-pink, and held out on an angle, hypanthium/Sepal ratio 1.6-2.6, hypanthium moderately to densely pubescent. Fruit orange-yellow, oblong and containing sweet orange pulp with black seeds.
The flowers on this species are held out on an angle, rather than drooping down in most other banana passionfruits. The Hypanthium is moderately to densely hairy, in all other species it is glabrous.
Reason For Introduction
Reproduces by seed and probably vegetatively through stem layering.
Birds eat fruit and disperse seed.
Intolerant of heavy frost. Prefers high light and fertility.
References and further reading
Heenan, PB; Sykes, WR 2003. Passiflora (Passifloraceae) in New Zealand: a revised key with notes on distribution. NZ J Botany 41: 217-221. DOI: 10.1080/0028825X.2003.9512842