Passiflora tarminiana Coppens & V.E.Barney

Banana Passionfruit

Novon 11: 9 (2001) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Pubescent climber. Leaves 3-lobed, up to 10 cm long and 14 cm wide, undersurface covered in velvety hairs, upper surface with hairs mostly along veins; lobes acute; margins coarsely toothed; petiole 1.5–3 cm long, with 8–12 small glands; stipules with broad, irregular base extending on one side into linear segment, c. 2–5 mm long. Flowers opening to 8–9 cm across; bracts 2.5–3.5 cm long, green, fused for c. one-third their length; floral tube (hypanthium plus calyx-tube) 6–8 cm long, c. 1 cm diam., olive-green outside; calyx-lobes 2.5–4 cm long, white inside; petals as long as calyx-lobes, pink; outer corona a purple band with pink spots; inner corona white; anthers and ovary subtended by stalk 7–8 cm long, ovary-stalk hardly extending further. Berry oblong, 6–7 cm long, 3–3.5 cm diam., yellow. Flowers Jan.–Mar.

*EGU, *GipP, *Glep, *HSF, *OtP, *OtR, *Strz. Also naturalised SA, NSW, Tas. Originates from South America. Often grown in home gardens as an ornamental climber and naturalised in a few scattered localities including the Otways, Dandenong Ranges and Warburton, where invading tall open forest.

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 (as Passiflora mollissima (Kunth) L.H.Bailey).
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-06-07
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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 tarminiana in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Passiflora tarminiana in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
East Gippsland Uplands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Otway Ranges present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales