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Taxon: Passiflora tripartita (Juss.) Poir. var. mollissima (Kunth) Holm-Niels. & P. Jørg.

Genus: Passiflora subgenus: Passiflora
Family: Passifloraceae subfamily: Passifloroideae tribe: Passifloreae
Nomen number: 400952
Place of publication: Flora of Ecuador 31:80. 1988
Name verified on: 02-Jan-1995 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 09-May-2011
No species priority site assigned.


A declared aquatic or terrestrial noxious weed and/or noxious-weed seed in these U.S. states (see state noxious weed lists), with links to state information or web documents:
HI(as Passiflora mollissima)*°.
ªAquatic. *Terrestrial. °In seed.
noxious weed information from Invaders Database System for northwestern U.S.

See other conspecific taxa:

Common names:

  • banana passionflower   (Source: Zander ed17 ) – English
  • banana passionfruit   (Source: Econ Pl Aust ) – English
  • banana poka   (Source: State Noxweed Seed [as P. mollissima]) – English
  • bananadilla   (Source: Weeds SAfr 2001 [as P. mollissima]) – English
  • piesangdilla   (Source: Weeds SAfr 2001 [as P. mollissima]) – Afrikaans
  • tacso   (Source: Dict Rehm [as P. mollissima]) – French
  • Bananen-Passionsblume   (Source: Zander ed17 ) – German
  • Curuba   (Source: Dict Rehm [as P. mollissima]) – German
  • tacso   (Source: Dict Rehm [as P. mollissima]) – Spanish
  • tumbo   (Source: Dict Rehm [as P. mollissima]) – Spanish
  • curuba de Castilla   (Source: Novon 11:8. 2001) – Spanish (Colombia)
  • tacso de Castilla   (Source: Novon 11:8. 2001) – Spanish (Ecuador)
  • curuba   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish

Economic importance:

Distributional range:

    Western South America: Colombia; Ecuador; Peru

      Naturalized: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)
    Macaronesia: Portugal - Madeira Islands
    East Tropical Africa: Kenya
    South Tropical Africa: Zambia
    Southern Africa: South Africa - Limpopo, Western Cape
    Indian Subcontinent: India; Sri Lanka
    Australia: Australia - New South Wales, Queensland [s.e.], Victoria
    New Zealand: New Zealand
    North-Central Pacific: United States - Hawaii

  • widely cultivated


  • Austin, D. F. 1996. Book Review: CRC handbook of alternative cash crops. Econ. Bot. 50:25.
  • Brako, L. & J. L. Zarucchi. 1993. Catalogue of the flowering plants and gymnosperms of Peru. Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 45. [accepts].
  • Conant, P. et al. 1997. Appendix. Selected plant species interfering with resource management goals in North American natural areas. Pp. 255–267 in: Luken, J. O. & J. W. Thieret, eds., Assessment and management of plant invasions. [= P. mollisima].
  • Coppens d'Eeckenenbrugge, G. et al. 2001. Passiflora tarminiana, a new cultivated species of Passiflora subgenus Tacsonia (Passifloraceae). Novon 11:8.
  • Erhardt, W. et al. 2002. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 17. Auflage.
  • Harling, G. & B. Sparre, eds. 1973–. Flora of Ecuador.
  • Henderson, L. 2001. Alien weeds and invasive plants: a complete guide to declared weeds and invaders in South Africa. Plant Protection Research Institute, Handbook 12. [= P. mollisima (Kunth) L. H. Bailey].
  • Huxley, A., ed. 1992. The new Royal Horticultural Society dictionary of gardening. [= P. mollisima].
  • IPGRI. New World Fruits Database (on-line resource).
  • Lazarides, M. & B. Hince. 1993. CSIRO Handbook of Economic Plants of Australia.
  • Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource).
  • Rehm, S. 1994. Multilingual dictionary of agronomic plants.
  • Seed Regulatory and Testing Division, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S.D.A. State noxious-weed seed requirements recognized in the administration of the Federal Seed Act (updated annually).
  • Segura, S. et al. 2002. An AFLP diversity study of the genus Passiflora focusing on subgenus Tacsonia. Genet. Resources Crop Evol. 49:111–123.
  • Weber, E. 2003. Invasive plant species of the world: a reference guide to environmental weeds.


Check other web resources for Passiflora tripartita (Juss.) Poir. var. mollissima (Kunth) Holm-Niels. & P. Jørg.:

  • PLANTS: USDA-NRCS Database of Plants of the United States and its Territories
  • SIBIS: South African National Biodiversity Institute's (SANBI) Integrated Biodiversity System
  • New World Fruits Database: Online database from Bioversity International
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ICRA: International Cultivar Registration Authority (on-line resource). for Passiflora tripartita var. mollissima cultivars


  • Seed: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image
  • Google Images Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
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