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)
Description: 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.
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Worldwide distribution: Native to Bolivia and Venezuela; naturalised in southern Africa
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Fernandes, R. & A. (1978). Passifloraceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Page 411.

Maroyi, A. (2006). Preliminary checklist of introduced and naturalized plants in Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(2) Page 234.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Passiflora mollissima
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Passiflora mollissima
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Passiflora mollissima., retrieved 21 April 2024

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