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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Wild Passion Flower Passiflora foetida

Scientific name: Passiflora foetida
Common names:
Wild Marajuca, Santo Papa, Marya-marya, Wild Water Lemon, Stinking Passion Flowers, Love-In-A-Mist, Running Pop

Chinese name:  毛西番蓮 (Máo xī fān lián or Mao's passion flower)
also, 龙珠果,毛毛果

Malay name: Letup-letup

Family: Passifloraceae
Origin: Tropical America
Category: Creeping vine

Photo taken at: By the roadside near a road junction in Pandamaran, Klang.

Updated with picture on 2nd April 2013, photographed by Xiao Feng Huang, the original link here.
The fruits and young shoots are edible. Fruits tastes sweeter than the ordinary passion fruit.

Some Interesting information from Wikipedia,
"foetida" means "stinking" in Latin for the strong aroma emitted by damaged foliage. The fruits, are edible.
P. foetida is able to trap insects on its bracts, which exude a sticky substance that also contains digestive enzymes. This minimizes predation on young flowers and fruits. Whether or not it gains nourishment from its prey is uncertain, and it is currently considered a protocarnivorous plant. This passion flower tolerates arid ground, but favours wet areas. It is known to be an invasive species in some areas.

This is my entry for Macro Flowers Saturday hosted by MaiaT, the link is here.

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  1. This is a gorgeous flower, I only saw it at the florist and it is so strange to hear that it grows on a roadside.
    Welcome to Macro Flowers Saturday!

  2. beautiful!!! thanks for sharing!!

  3. I featured one in red last week. It is just as gorgeous in white! But I did not notice the smell though. ;-)


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