Passiflora caerulea L.

Blue Passion-fruit

Sp. Pl. 959 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Woody, glabrous vine. Leaves 5-lobed, up to 8 cm long and 11 cm wide; lobes acute or obtuse; margins entire, but usually with a few glands on the distal part of the lobes; petiole 2–2.5 cm long, with 2–4 (rarely 6) stalked glands; stipules leafy, more or less reniform, attached laterally. Flowers 6–10 cm across; bracts c. 2.5 cm long, green; sepals keeled, 3–4 cm long, green outside, white or pink inside, terminated by thread-like tip to 1 cm long; petals c. as long as sepals, pale pink; outer corona of threads in 4 series, purple at base, white in middle, blue at apex; inner corona membranous and white in lower third, thread-like and dark purple above; anthers and ovary subtended by stalk c. 1 cm long, ovary-stalk hardly extending further. Berry ovoid, to 6 cm long and 4 cm diam., orange-yellow. Flowers c. Aug., Dec.

*EGL, *GipP, *HSF, *VAlp, *VVP. Also naturalised Qld, NSW. Native to Brazil. Cultivated in Australia for its flowers and as a stock for grafted 'edible' passion-fruit (Passiflora edulis Sims), and occasionally reported as naturalised in the suburbs of Melbourne and eastern Victoria.

Source: Entwisle, T.J. (1996). Passifloraceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2021-04-10
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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 caerulea in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Passiflora caerulea in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Victorian Alps present naturalised

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory