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Useful Temperate 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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Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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+ Synonyms

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.

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.

Common Name:

Passiflora suberosa
Flower and leaves
Photograph by: Forest and Kim Starr
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General Information

Passiflora suberosa is a perennial climbing plant producing slender 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[
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.
,
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
,
372
Title
Flowers of India
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.flowersofindia.net/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
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, becoming winged and corky below, the stem does not exceed 2cm in diameter[
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.
,
713
Title
Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.anbg.gov.au/cpbr/cd-keys/rfk/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
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.
].
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a food and a medicine. It is an ornamental plant and can be grown to provide ground cover.
The plant is a locally established weed in many tropical countries[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
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[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
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[
305
Title
Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.hear.org/pier/scientificnames/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
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[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
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[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].

Known Hazards

Experimental proof of toxicity of this species is not available, but field evidence has indicated poisoning of cattle and ducks[
713
Title
Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.anbg.gov.au/cpbr/cd-keys/rfk/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
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.
].

Botanical References

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.
,
331
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/
,
1673
Title
Passifloraceae
Publication
Flora Mesoamericana, Volume 3 (2), Passifloraceae, pp 1 - 135
Author
MacDougal J.M.
Publisher
 
Year
2011
ISBN
 
Description
 

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[
331
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[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
]

Properties

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

Cultivation Details

Passiflora suberosa has a very wide native dristribution, from the warm temperate zone of southern S. America, through the tropical regions to the warm temperate zone of southern N. America, and can be found from sea level to 2,000 metres or more. Plants, at least from parts of its range, are tolerant of light and short-lived 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.

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw[
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. An agreeable flavour[
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 globose to ovoid, blue-black fruit is around 6 - 15mm in diameter[
426
Title
Flowering Plants of Jamaica
Publication
 
Author
Adams. C.D.
Publisher
University of the West Indies; Jamaica.
Year
1972
ISBN
 
Description
A terse treatment of the flowering plants of Jamaica, with a botanical description of each plant, notes on habitat etc.
,
434
Title
Flora of Peru
Publication
 
Author
Macbride. J.F.
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History
Year
1936
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent attempt at a Flora of Peru, though it is clear that many of the plants were imperfectly known at that time and so information on them was sketchy. Available for download from the Internet.
].

Medicinal

A leaf decoction is applied externally to treat urticaria and itch[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].

A root decoction is taken to induce menstruation and to treat hysteria[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].

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[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
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http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
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ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].

The aerial parts of the plant contain simple indole alkaloids, tannins, coumarines, sterols, terpenes and the cyanogenic glycosides passisuberosin and epipassisuberosin[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].
The fruits contain several anthocyanins[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
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 when growing in semi-shade.

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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