Passiflora Mollissima.

Passiflora Mollissima.




Passiflora Mollissima passionfruit or banana poka is one of several plants in the genus Passiflora. Passiflora Mollissima is therefore related to the passion fruit. In New Zealand Passiflora Mollissima was called the banana Passionfruit as it looks like a straight banana with rounded ends. In Hawaii Passiflora Mollissima is called banana poka, but in Latin America Passiflora Mollissima is known as curuba, curuba de Castilla, or curuba sabanera blanca, taxo, tacso, tagso, tauso, parcha, tumbo or curuba, tacso, tumbo, tumbo del norte, trompos, or tintin.

Passiflora Mollissima and its close relative Passiflora mixta are vines with cylindrical stems densely coated with yellow hairs, and are vigorous climbers, growing up to seven metres. The leaves are a shiny green with clearly defined veins, the flower is large, pink and green petalled with a yellow and white centre. The fruit is yellow-orange when ripe and contains a sweet edible orange-colored pulp with black seeds. Can be invasive ans in some countries it is illegal to handle Passiflora Mollissima as it can suffocate native species if not controlled.





 





























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