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Useful Tropical Plants

Passiflora suberosa

L.

Passifloraceae


Passiflora suberosa is a very variable species and may include several cryptic species; it needs revision[
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+ Synonyms

Baldwinia peltata (Cav.) Raf.

Cieca angustifolia (Sw.) M.Roem.

Cieca flexuosa (Gardner) M.Roem.

Cieca globosa (Vell.) M.Roem.

Cieca hederacea (Cav.) M.Roem.

Cieca heterophylla (Aiton) Moench

Cieca limbata (Ten.) M.Roem.

Cieca litoralis (Kunth) M.Roem.

Cieca minima (L.) M.Roem.

Cieca minima (L.) Moench

Cieca nigra Medik.

Cieca oliviformis (Mill.) M.Roem.

Cieca pallida (L.) M.Roem.

Cieca peltata (Cav.) M.Roem.

Cieca pseudosuberosa (Fisch.) M.Roem.

Cieca suberosa (L.) Moench

Cieca viridis Medik.

Cieca warei (Nutt.) M.Roem.

Granadilla suberosa (L.) Gaertn.

Meioperis angustifolia (Sw.) Raf.

Meioperis hederacea (Cav.) Raf.

Meioperis minima (L.) Raf.

Meioperis pallida (L.) Raf.

Meioperis peltata (Cav.) Raf.

Meioperis suberosa (L.) Raf.

Monactineirma angustifolia (Sw.) Bory

Monactineirma hederacea (Cav.) Bory

Monactineirma minima (L.) Bory

Monactineirma peltata (Cav.) Bory

Monactineirma suberosa (L.) Bory

Passiflora angustifolia Sw.

Passiflora calliaquatica E.H.L.Krause

Passiflora flexuosa Gardner

Passiflora glabra Mill.

Passiflora globosa Vell.

Passiflora headracea Cav.

Passiflora hederifolia Lam.

Passiflora heterophylla Aiton

Passiflora hirsuta L.

Passiflora kohautiana C.Presl

Passiflora limbata Ten.

Passiflora lineariloba Hook.f.

Passiflora litoralis Kunth

Passiflora longifolia Lam.

Passiflora minima L.

Passiflora nigra Jacq.

Passiflora nitens J.R.Johnst.

Passiflora oliviformis Mill.

Passiflora oliviformis Vell.

Passiflora pallida L.

Passiflora parviflora Sw.

Passiflora peltata Cav.

Passiflora pseudosuberosa Fisch.

Passiflora puberula Hook.f.

Passiflora tridactylites Hook.f.

Passiflora villosa Macfad.

Passiflora warei Nutt.

Common Name:

Passiflora suberosa
Flower and leaves
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General Information

Passiflora suberosa is a perennial climbing plant producing stems that can become more or less woody; the stems can be up to 6 metres long, scrambling over the ground and climbing into the surrounding vegetation, where they attach themselves by means of tendrils[
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Title
Passion Flowers
Publication
 
Author
Vanderplank. J.
Publisher
Cassell. London.
Year
1991
ISBN
0-304-34076-6
Description
An excellent book on passion flowers, giving information on hardy species and how to grow the less hardy in greenhouses etc. A bit lacking at times on specific information on hardyness. Excellent photographs.
,
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Title
Flowers of India
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http://www.flowersofindia.net/
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0
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A wed site of native Indian plants, plus cultivated and naturalized species. It has good quality photos and terse details on more than 3,000 species and cultivars.
]. A slender vine, the stem does not exceed 2cm in diameter[
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Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants
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http://www.anbg.gov.au/cpbr/cd-keys/rfk/index.html
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An online resource giving botanical information, and a little bit about plant usage, for over 2,700 species of plants found in the Australian rainforest.
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The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine. It is an ornamental plant and can be grown to provide ground cover.

Known Hazards

Experimental proof of toxicity of this species is not available, but field evidence has indicated poisoning of cattle and ducks[
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Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants
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http://www.anbg.gov.au/cpbr/cd-keys/rfk/index.html
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An online resource giving botanical information, and a little bit about plant usage, for over 2,700 species of plants found in the Australian rainforest.
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Botanical References

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Title
Flora of Guatemala
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Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/

Range

S. America - All Countries except Chile; C. America - Panama to Mexico and into Texas; Caribbean - Barbados to the Bahamas; SE N. America - Florida.

Habitat

Moist or dry, often rocky, mixed or oak forest and thickets, at elevations of 1,000-2,000 metres[
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Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
]. A naturalized weed in grassland, shrubland, open dry forest, roadsides and disturbed shady localities, at elevations from sea-level to 2,500 metres[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Properties

Weed PotentialYes
Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitPerennial Climber
Height5.00 m
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

Plants are tolerant of slight frosts[
262
Title
Passion Flowers
Publication
 
Author
Vanderplank. J.
Publisher
Cassell. London.
Year
1991
ISBN
0-304-34076-6
Description
An excellent book on passion flowers, giving information on hardy species and how to grow the less hardy in greenhouses etc. A bit lacking at times on specific information on hardyness. Excellent photographs.
].
Moist, well-drained sandy or limestone soils, with or without humusy top layer. Prefers soils with organic content, but will still grow reasonably well in nutrient poor soils. Can tolerate moderate amounts of salt wind without injury. Established plants are very drought tolerant.
The plant is a locally established weed in many tropical countries[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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Website
http://www.prota.org
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Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
]. It is an aggressive weed, which may smother the natural vegetation[
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Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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http://www.prota.org
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
]. It does best in the subcanopy layers where it smothers shrubs, small trees and the ground layer; though in some areas it also smothers the upper canopy layer[
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Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk
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http://www.hear.org/pier/scientificnames/index.html
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0
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A very good website detailing weed species that have been introduced into the Pacific Islands.
]. It is considered an invasive weed in some countries, such as South Africa, where it is listed as harmful, and as such is subject to eradication practices[
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
]. The fruits have many seeds that are dispersed by fruit-eating birds[
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Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

A leaf decoction is applied externally to treat urticaria and itch[
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A root decoction is taken to induce menstruation and to treat hysteria[
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A decoction of the plant, mixed with either a pinch of salt or with a decoction of young leaves of Momordica charantia, is taken to treat indigestion[
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The aerial parts of the plant contain simple indole alkaloids, tannins, coumarines, sterols, terpenes and the cyanogenic glycosides passisuberosin and epipassisuberosin[
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The fruits contain several anthocyanins[
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Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].

Agroforestry Uses:

The plant can be used to cover the ground, especially in semi-shade.

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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