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Useful Tropical Plants

Passiflora capsularis

L.

Passifloraceae

+ Synonyms

Cieca pubescens (Kunth) M.Roem.

Cieca pubescens M.Roem.

Decaloba bilobata (Vell.) M.Roem.

Decaloba capsularis (L.) M.Roem.

Decaloba piligera (Gardner) M.Roem.

Decaloba semilunaris M.Roem.

Decaloba smithii M.Roem.

Granadilla capsularis (L.) Medik.

Passiflora bilobata Vell.

Passiflora hassleriana Chodat

Passiflora lunata Vell.

Passiflora paraguayensis Chodat

Passiflora piligera Gardner

Passiflora pubescens Kunth

Xerogona biloba Raf.

Common Name:

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General Information

Passiflora capsularis is a climbing perennial plant, attaching itself to the surrounding vegetation by means of tendrils[
1675
Title
A taxonomic revision of Passiflora subgenus Decaloba (Passifloraceae) in Brazil
Publication
Phytotaxa 53; 1-68, 2012
Author
Milward de Azeved M.A.; Fernando J.; Baumgratz A. & Gonçalve
Publisher
Magnolia Press; Auckland
Year
2012
ISBN
1179-3155
Description
 
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and a medicine.

Known Hazards

The leaves are abortive and toxic to cattle[
1675
Title
A taxonomic revision of Passiflora subgenus Decaloba (Passifloraceae) in Brazil
Publication
Phytotaxa 53; 1-68, 2012
Author
Milward de Azeved M.A.; Fernando J.; Baumgratz A. & Gonçalve
Publisher
Magnolia Press; Auckland
Year
2012
ISBN
1179-3155
Description
 
].
The roots are suspected of being harmful to livestock[
1677
Title
Dicionário das Plantas Úteis do Basil e das Exóticas Cultivadas Vol. 5
Publication
 
Author
Corrêa M. Pio & Penna L. de Azeredo
Publisher
Ministério da Agricultura; Rio de Janeiro
Year
1978
ISBN
 
Description
A massive work in six volumes, first published in the 1920's and revised in the 1970's. Written in Portuguese.
].

Botanical References

1675
Title
A taxonomic revision of Passiflora subgenus Decaloba (Passifloraceae) in Brazil
Publication
Phytotaxa 53; 1-68, 2012
Author
Milward de Azeved M.A.; Fernando J.; Baumgratz A. & Gonçalve
Publisher
Magnolia Press; Auckland
Year
2012
ISBN
1179-3155
Description
 
,
1681
Title
The American Species of Passifloraceae Parts 1 & 2
Publication
Field Museum of Natural History, Volume 19 pp 1-613.
Author
Killip E.P.
Publisher
 
Year
1938
ISBN
 
Description
An immnse work, rather dated now but still an excellent source of information

Range

S. America - Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia; C. America - Costa Rica to Guatemala; Caribbean - Cuba to Dominican Rep

Habitat

Dense forest, savannah, savannah steppe, vegetation influenced by marine environments, in areas of secondary forest regrowth and on forest edges, on well drained soils, and in secondary vegetation formations[
1675
Title
A taxonomic revision of Passiflora subgenus Decaloba (Passifloraceae) in Brazil
Publication
Phytotaxa 53; 1-68, 2012
Author
Milward de Azeved M.A.; Fernando J.; Baumgratz A. & Gonçalve
Publisher
Magnolia Press; Auckland
Year
2012
ISBN
1179-3155
Description
 
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitClimber
Height0.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Passiflora capsularis is native to the subtropical and tropical regions of S. America. It is able to tolerate occasional light 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.
].
Passiflora species generally grow best in a sheltered, sunny position or in dappled shade. Most species are found in the wild in moist but well-drained soils, generally of a lighter texture, and will often flower and fruit more heavily if the soil fertility is low. They often develop deep roots and can be moderately tolerant of dry spells. Most Passiflora species prefer a neutral to slightly alkaline soil, growing best where the pH is around 6. 5 - 7.5[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
,
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.
].
The plant flowers all year round and ripens its fruit through most of the year[
1675
Title
A taxonomic revision of Passiflora subgenus Decaloba (Passifloraceae) in Brazil
Publication
Phytotaxa 53; 1-68, 2012
Author
Milward de Azeved M.A.; Fernando J.; Baumgratz A. & Gonçalve
Publisher
Magnolia Press; Auckland
Year
2012
ISBN
1179-3155
Description
 
].

Edible Uses

Fruit - eaten raw, prepared as a juice and used in desserts[
1438
Title
Food Plants in the Americas: A Survey of the Domesticated, Cultivated, and Wild Plants Used for Human Food in North,
Publication
 
Author
Kermath B.M.; Bennett B.C.' Pulsipher L.M.
Publisher
 
Year
2014
ISBN
 
Description
A pre-publication draft of an amazing, on-going work first started in 1985. It contains information on more than 3,900 taxa from the Americas - from Arctic regions to the Tropics
]. The pulp surrounding the seeds is eaten. The fruit is a reddish, vinaceous, purple or dark-pink capsule 21 - 70mm long and 5 - 24mm wide[
1675
Title
A taxonomic revision of Passiflora subgenus Decaloba (Passifloraceae) in Brazil
Publication
Phytotaxa 53; 1-68, 2012
Author
Milward de Azeved M.A.; Fernando J.; Baumgratz A. & Gonçalve
Publisher
Magnolia Press; Auckland
Year
2012
ISBN
1179-3155
Description
 
].

Medicinal

The leaves are abortifacient[
1675
Title
A taxonomic revision of Passiflora subgenus Decaloba (Passifloraceae) in Brazil
Publication
Phytotaxa 53; 1-68, 2012
Author
Milward de Azeved M.A.; Fernando J.; Baumgratz A. & Gonçalve
Publisher
Magnolia Press; Auckland
Year
2012
ISBN
1179-3155
Description
 
,
1677
Title
Dicionário das Plantas Úteis do Basil e das Exóticas Cultivadas Vol. 5
Publication
 
Author
Corrêa M. Pio & Penna L. de Azeredo
Publisher
Ministério da Agricultura; Rio de Janeiro
Year
1978
ISBN
 
Description
A massive work in six volumes, first published in the 1920's and revised in the 1970's. Written in Portuguese.
].

The roots are emmenagogues[
1675
Title
A taxonomic revision of Passiflora subgenus Decaloba (Passifloraceae) in Brazil
Publication
Phytotaxa 53; 1-68, 2012
Author
Milward de Azeved M.A.; Fernando J.; Baumgratz A. & Gonçalve
Publisher
Magnolia Press; Auckland
Year
2012
ISBN
1179-3155
Description
 
].

The seeds are soporific and can cause stupors[
1675
Title
A taxonomic revision of Passiflora subgenus Decaloba (Passifloraceae) in Brazil
Publication
Phytotaxa 53; 1-68, 2012
Author
Milward de Azeved M.A.; Fernando J.; Baumgratz A. & Gonçalve
Publisher
Magnolia Press; Auckland
Year
2012
ISBN
1179-3155
Description
 
].

The leaves and roots of some, if not all, members of this genus contain a substance called 'passiflorina' which has similaritiesr to morphine and is an effective tranquilizer[
1677
Title
Dicionário das Plantas Úteis do Basil e das Exóticas Cultivadas Vol. 5
Publication
 
Author
Corrêa M. Pio & Penna L. de Azeredo
Publisher
Ministério da Agricultura; Rio de Janeiro
Year
1978
ISBN
 
Description
A massive work in six volumes, first published in the 1920's and revised in the 1970's. Written in Portuguese.
]. We have no specific information for this species but many species are used in herbal infusions to calm the nerves and help bring about a restful sleep[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].
The leaves of many species are also considered to be anthelmintic, antihysteric and diaphoretic. They are used in Brazil to combat intermittent fevers, cutaneous inflammations, and erysipelas[
1677
Title
Dicionário das Plantas Úteis do Basil e das Exóticas Cultivadas Vol. 5
Publication
 
Author
Corrêa M. Pio & Penna L. de Azeredo
Publisher
Ministério da Agricultura; Rio de Janeiro
Year
1978
ISBN
 
Description
A massive work in six volumes, first published in the 1920's and revised in the 1970's. Written in Portuguese.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe along with the pulp which will help break down the seed coat and speed up germination[
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.
]. Stored seed should be soaked for 24 hours in warm water and germination time can be reduced if the seed is then mixed with the juice of a fresh passion fruit (of any species)[
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.
]. Even so, it can take 12 months for stored seed to germinate[
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.
]. Place the seed tray in a shady position, maintaining a temperature around 19 - 24°c[
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.
]. Prick the seedlings out into individual containers as soon as they are large enough to handle and plant out when large enough[
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.
].
Cuttings of young shoots, taken at the nodes. The cuttings root best in a neutral to slightly acid compost, but 100% sharp sand also produces good results[
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.
].
Cuttings of fully mature wood taken at a node. They can take 3 months[
3
Title
Growing Unusual Fruit.
Publication
 
Author
Simmons. A. E.
Publisher
David & Charles; Newton Abbot.
Year
1972
ISBN
0-7153-5531-7
Description
A very readable book with information on about 100 species that can be grown in Britain (some in greenhouses) and details on how to grow and use them.
].
Layering. Very easy[
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.
].
Air layering.
Leaf bud cuttings.
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