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Passiflora tarminiana

Higher Taxonomy
Family: PassifloraceaeView Description 
Habit: Vine [(annual), shrub, tree]. Stem: tendrils present or not. Leaf: petioled, alternate [opposite], palmately lobed to unlobed [compound], entire to serrate, generally glandular, palmately [pinnately] veined; stipuled. Inflorescence: axillary, 1--2 per node [cymes]; flowers generally bracted. Flower: radial [bilateral], with a tube, cup, or disk from fused sepals and petals [and stamen filaments]; sepals [3]5[8], petals [3]5[8] or 0; generally a whorl of filamentous structures or knobs ("corona") at edge of hypanthium, generally brightly colored; stamens [4]5[+- 25], attached just below ovary [or edge of hypanthium]; ovary stalked to +- sessile, carpels 3, chamber 1, placentas parietal, stigmas generally 3. Fruit: berry [capsule]. Seed: generally many, generally flattened, with aril.
Genera In Family: 17 genera, +- 750 species: worldwide tropics, some temperate.
eFlora Treatment Author: Douglas H. Goldman
Scientific Editor: Bruce G. Baldwin.
Genus: PassifloraView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Stem: round to angled, tendrils in axils. Leaf: glandular or not, glabrous to hairy; stipules minute to leaf-like, glandular or not, persistent or not. Inflorescence: generally 1 per node; generally bracted, bracts minute to leaf-like, glandular or not. Flower: +- green to brightly colored; anthers easily rotated; ovary generally stalked, styles 3 [4], stigmas rounded to lobed.
Etymology: (Latin: passion or suffering + flower, for flower symbolizing Christ's crucifixion) Note: Many species popular in horticulture.
Reference: Ulmer & MacDougal 2004 Passiflora: Passionflowers of the World. Timber Press
Passiflora tarminiana Coppens & V.E. Barney
Leaf: margin serrate; stipules early-deciduous. Flower: generally pendent; corona knobs white; stigmas round. Fruit: 10--14 cm, 3.5--4.5 cm wide, oblong to elongate-ellipsoid, yellow to yellow-orange.
Ecology: Pine, oak, or riparian woodland; Elevation: < 100 m. Bioregional Distribution: CCo; Distribution Outside California: native to northern South America. Flowering Time: Jun--Dec Note: Passiflora mixta L. f., a waif in SnFrB, is similar but with angular stems and persistent stipules.
Synonyms: Passiflora mollissima (Kunth) L.H. Bailey, misappl.
Unabridged Note: +- frost-intolerant; invasive in Hawaii, New Zealand.
Jepson eFlora Author: Douglas H. Goldman
Reference: Ulmer & MacDougal 2004 Passiflora: Passionflowers of the World. Timber Press
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Citation for this treatment: Douglas H. Goldman 2012, Passiflora tarminiana, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on September 29, 2023.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2023, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on September 29, 2023.

Passiflora tarminiana
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© 2012 Barry Rice
Passiflora tarminiana
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Passiflora tarminiana
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