Plant: perennial vine; 2-8 m long, glabrous throughout Leaves: bilobed, occasionally variegated, the margins entire; laminar nectaries borne abaxially between the main veins; petioles eglandular; stipules setaceous to linear triangular, subfalcate INFLORESCENCE: peduncles paired or solitary, arising colateral to the tendril; peduncles articulate distal to the bracts; bracts 1.5-4 mm long, 0.2-0.8 mm wide, setaceous to narrowly lanceolate, often 3-toothed Flowers: ca. 2-3 cm in diameter, light green or yellowish green, the corona red or reddish purple; sepals much longer than the inconspicuous petals, coronal filaments in 2 series, the outer 8-12 mm long, the inner 2 mm long; ovary glabrous or nearly so. Fruit: FRUITS 0.8-1.6 cm long, subglobose to widely ellipsoid, purplish black; SEEDS transversely grooved Misc: Thickets near riparian zones and washes; 750-1250 m (2500-4100 ft); Jul-Oct (fr. Jul-Oct) Notes: pungent odor REFERENCES: MacDougal, John M. 2001. Passifloraceae. J. Ariz. - Nev. Acad. Sci. Volume 33(1).
Duration: Perennial Nativity: Native Lifeform: Vine General: Vine 2-8 m long, glabrous throughout. Leaves: Bilobed, occasionally variegated, margins entire, laminar nectaries borne abaxially between main veins, petioles eglandular, setaceous stipules to linear triangular, subfalcate. Flowers: Bracts, 1.5-4 mm long, .2-.8 mm wide, setaceous to narrowly lanceolate, 3-toothed; flowers 2-3 cm in diameter, light green or yellowish green, corona red or reddish purple, sepals longer than inconspicuous petals, coronal filaments in 2 series, outer 8-12 mm long, inner 2 mm long, ovary glabrous or nearly so. Fruits: Subglobose to widely ellipsoid, purplish black, .8-1.6 cm long. Ecology: Found in thickets near riparian zones and washes from 2,500-4,000 ft (762-1219 m); flowers July-October. Notes: Bilobed leaves, red to reddish purple corona, and purplish black fruit are diagnostic of this species. The flower, if you are lucky to see it is singularly beautiful. Ethnobotany: Unknown for this species, other species in this genera have medicinal and food value. Etymology: Passiflora is from the Latin passio, passion, and flos, flower, while mexicana is for Mexico. Synonyms: None Editor: SBuckley, 2010