Passiflora edulis

COMMON NAME

Passion fruit or liliko'i

TYPE

Vine

FAMILY

Passifloraceae

NOTES

Around 1700, the name was given by missionaries in Brazil as an educational aid while trying to convert the indigenous inhabitants to Christianity; its name was flor das cinco chagas or "flower of the five wounds" to illustrate the crucifixion of Christ. An evergreen climbing shrub that scrambles over the ground or clambers into other plants for support, attaching itself by means of coiling tendrils. The edible fruit is greatly appreciated and the plant is commonly cultivated in the tropics and subtropics.

GEOGRAPHIC REGION

S. America - Brazil, Paraguay and northern Argentina

NATIVE HABITAT

​Edges of rain forests

WEB SOURCES

wikipedia.org

tropical.theferns.info



Passiflora edulis