Scientific Name:
Passiflora mixta L.f. (1781)
Vernacular Name(s):
Banana passionfruit; Northern banana passionfruit

Vigorous vine, often high-climbing; shoots densely hairy, angular when young. Lvs 3-lobed; petioles to c. 6 cm long, densely hairy, with 2–8, sessile or subsessile glands; stipules 2–4 mm wide, broad-ovate, toothed, with a single long bristle; lamina lobes subequal, mostly 6–12 cm long, elliptic to elliptic-ovate, serrate, extending ?-3/4 of distance in from the margin, soon glabrous above excepting midrib, with veins remaining moderately to densely hairy below, otherwise glabrous or glabrate, acute to apiculate; middle lobe, 2–4 cm wide. Fls ☿, solitary. Pedicels > petioles. Bracts 3–4 cm long, united for ⅓-⅔, puberulent, entire. Hypanthium 6–8 cm long, glabrous outside. Perianth segments 4–6.5 cm long, elliptic; sepals pink inside, greenish outside, with short horn near apex; petals pink; corona a ring of purple, white-tipped scales (sometimes purple rim faint) 1–3 mm long. Filaments 1–2 cm long, whitish, > anthers; anthers 6–10 mm long. Ovary white-villous. Fr. usually 8–9 × 3.5–4 cm, ellipsoid, orange, or yellowish orange, densely hairy; pulp orange, sweet, edible. Seed 4–5 mm long, ellipsoid to obovoid, dark reddish, alveolate.

[From: Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]


Flowering: Jan.–Dec.

Biosecurity New Zealand 2012: Regional Pest Management Strategies Database.
Biosecurity New Zealand 4 Aug 2011: Unwanted Organisms Register.
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Ministry for Primary Industries 23 Feb 2017: Unwanted Organisms Register. Version 02.01.02.