Passiflora aurantia / Native Passionflower



Passiflora aurantia, Native Passionflower - IMG 4019

This plant, which grows as a fine stemmed vine that scrambles up any tree or shrub with its reach in its woodland habitat, is an Australian species that's closely related to the more familiar plant that produces the well-known edible passionfruit. Its beautiful flowers are initially white, but evolve to become an attractive salmon pink colour and attract ants that feed on the nectar that the flowers produce. The plant's small round fruits contain a grey pulp that is edible, but rather unpalatable. These flowers were photographed in Queensland, Australia.

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