Passiflora chilensis Miers
Passiflora pennipes Sm.
Tacsonia micradena DC.
Tacsonia pennipes (Sm.) M.Roem.
Tacsonia pinnatistipula (Cav.) Juss.
Tacsonia purupuru DC. ex Mast.
Plant climbing into the surrounding vegetation
Photograph by: Pato Novoa
Passiflora pinnatistipula is a climbing plant producing stems about 4 metres long from a perennial rootstock. The stems scramble over the ground or clamber into nearby vegetation, supporting themselves by means of tendrils[
The plant is cultivated for its edible fruits in the Andean countries at elevations between 2,500 - 3,800 metres[
]. It is also grown as an ornamental in gardens[
S. America - Peru, Chile.
|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Ornamental, Wild
A plant of higher elevations in the tropics and lower elevations in the subtropics, usually found above 2,500 metres in tropical countries[
]. It grows in areas where there can be rain all year round, as well as in areas with a distinct dry season of 3 - 5 months[
Prefers a position in dappled shade[
]. Succeeds in a wide range of soils, so long as they are well-drained[
]. Passiflora species tend to flower and fruit more freely when grown in soils of only moderate fertility[
Ripe fruits are eaten or used for drinks, ice-cream or marmalades[
]. The pulp is sweet, but rather insipid[
]. The fragrant, yellow pulp has an agreeable, sweet-acid flavour[
]. The fruit is about 5cm in diameter[
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