Passiflora aurantia, Fam. Passifloriaceae
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.
White, Red, Pink
|Flower description:||Star like. White changing to bright pink and red with age. Held upright, 6cm borne singly in leaf axils. Flowers May to July and sporadically.|
|Fruit description:||Fleshy, green, ripening to purplish, egg-shaped 2-5cm long berry, numerous black seeds in greyish pulp.|
|Habitat:||Beach scrub, littoral rainforest, rainforest, vine thicket.|
|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|
|Notes:||A fast growing vine suitable for screening and trellises. Well drained soils and full sun desirable. Fruit is not edible.|
|Information sources:||Harden G.J. etal (2007) Rainforest Climbing Plants, A field guide to their identification.|