Yellow Passionflower
Passiflora lutea
Passifloraceae (Passion Flower) Family

Photo by
Ian Vickory, Brewton, AL, August 2010

The Yellow Passion-flower may also be known as Yellow Maypop or Broadleaf Maypop.

This plant is a climbing hairy perennial vine. Its preferred habitat is woods, thickets, between stable dunes, depressions, slough edges, and moist sites. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Fruit is a black berry when mature and is not edible.

The leaf is alternate on the vine, simple (one whole part), petiolate (has a leaf stalk), and shallowly three-lobed. The leaf base is truncate (squared across the base where it is attached to the leaf stalk.

The flowers appear solitary or may be two or three, each arising on a long stem (peduncle) from the leaf axil. All the flowers are bisexual in nature. Each will have 5 sepals and five petals (unlike the purple variety which has 10 petals. The color is green to yellow-green; five stamens which are elevated above the petals.

For those who would like to cultivate this native vine in the butterfly garden, it is a larval food source of the Mexican Silverspot, Variegated Fritillary, Gulf Fritillary, Zebra Longwing and Isabella Tiger.

Mike Carter, Pensacola, Florida, August 2010

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