Common name: Banana Passionfruit
Passiflora tarminiana Coppens & V.Barney APNI*
Synonyms: Passiflora mollissima (Kunth) L.H.Bailey APNI*
Description: Climber with stems and petioles hairy.
Leaves deeply 3-lobed, lamina 7–10 cm long, softly hairy below, margins regularly toothed; petiole 2–4 cm long, with several small glands.
Flowers c. 6 cm diam., 9–10 cm long, pink.
Berry ellipsoid, c. 7 cm long, yellow to pale orange when ripe; edible.
Flowering: Flowers recorded in most seasons.
Distribution and occurrence: Native of the Andes Mtns. Cultivated for its showy flowers and edible fruits. Sporadically naturalised; found from the mid-North Coast, south into Vic. Also in Tas., S.A. and sparingly naturalised in Qld,
Disturbed areas in gullies, or margins of wet sclerophyll forest or rainforest.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *CT
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic.
Formerly known as P. mollissima.This is now the correct name for the Banana Passionfruit.
Text by G.J. Harden (1990) updated by P. Wilson.
Taxon concept: Coppens & Barney (2001)
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