Passiflora edulis Sims


Bot. Mag. 45: t.1989 (1818) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Woody, glabrous climber. Leaves deeply 3-lobed, up to 18 cm long and 17 cm wide; lobes usually acute; margins regularly toothed; petiole 1.5–2 cm long, with 2 stalked glands near apex; stipules linear, c. 10 mm long. Flowers 6–7 cm across; bracts 1–2 cm long, green; sepals keeled, c. 3 cm long, green outside, white inside; petals c. 2.5 cm long, white; outer corona of threads in 2 series, green at base, purple in middle, white at apex; inner corona membranous; anthers and ovary subtended by a stalk c. 2 cm long, ovary-stalk hardly extending further. Berry ovoid to globose, 4–5 cm long, 3–4 cm diam., purple. Flowers mostly Oct.–Jan.

*EGL, *GipP, *HSF. Also naturalised WA, SA, Qld, NSW, NI, LHI. Native to Brazil. Widely cultivated for its edible fruit, occasionally naturalised at margins of warm temperate rainforest in East Gippsland.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-08-03
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-01-22
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Malpighiales
genus Passiflora
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Passiflora edulis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Passiflora edulis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory