Passiflora mollissima (Kunth) L.H. Bailey

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Passiflora mollissima

Photo: Bart Wursten
Main rd N of Troutbeck, Nyanga

Passiflora mollissima

Photo: Bart Wursten
Main rd N of Troutbeck, Nyanga

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Synonyms: Murucuja mollissima (Kunth) Spreng.
Tacsonia mollissima Kunth
Common names: Banana poka (English) Bananadilla (English)
Frequency: Local
Status: Introduced
Perennial climber. Leaves 3(-5)-lobed, tomentose. Flowers pendulous. Petals pink. Corona a purple band. Fruit 6-7 cm, oblong-ovoid.
Notes: Grown as a garden ornamental and for its edible fruits and occurring as a rather local escape in the E Highlands. It is not a problem invader but may become so if not controlled.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: On roadsides, forest margins and in exotic plantations
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Worldwide distribution: Native to Bolivia and Venezuela; naturalised in southern Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E
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Images last updated: Sunday 14 January 2007

Fernandes, R. & A. (1978). Passifloraceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Page 411.


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African Plant Database: Passiflora mollissima
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Passiflora mollissima
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Passiflora mollissima
Ispot Southern Africa : Passiflora mollissima
JSTOR Plant Science: Passiflora mollissima
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Passiflora mollissima
Tropicos: Passiflora mollissima
West African Plants database: Passiflora mollissima

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Passiflora mollissima., retrieved 8 December 2016

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