Passiflora subpeltata (Passifloraceae)

Common Name:


Scientific Name:

Passiflora subpeltata (Passifloraceae)

Alternative common names:

Wild Granadilla (English), Wildegrenadella (Afrikaans)


A glabrous, climbing perennial with cylindrical stems reaching up to 5m high. It has shallowly three-lobed leaves with large stipules and pure white flowers 50mm across which appear during November-June. Produces globular green berries about 50mm long which turn yellowish. This tendril climber invades woodlands, bush clumps, roadsides and river banks.

Additional Information

Where does this species come from?

Central and South America (Central Mexico to Colombia and Venezuela)

What is its invasive status in South Africa?

Existing legislation: CARA 2002 - Category 1 NEMBA - Category 1b

Where in South Africa is it a problem?

KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga

How does it spread?

Birds or animals that feed on the fruits tend to spread the seeds

Why is it a problem?

Scrambles up and competes with indigenous species. Poisonous

What does it look like?

General description: Glabrous, perennial, tendril climber with cylindrical stems, reaching up to 5m high.
Leaves: Shallowly three-lobed with large stipules.
Flowers: Pure white to 50mm across, flowers during November-June.
Fruit/Seeds: Produces globular green berries about 50mm long which turn yellowish

Does the plant have any uses?

Used as an ornamental

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