Passiflora Alata - Passion Flower - Ruby Star - Ouvaca
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Passiflora alata or Winged-Stem Passion flower produces beautiful large flowers and edible fruit. It is similar to Passiflora quadrangularis.
The blossoms are dazzling . . It produces highly fragrant flowers from 7 to 10 cm in diameter, the petals a lovely raspberry red and sepals purple and white, the filaments are red, white and purple.
The fruits are oval, yellow to bright orange colour, 8 to 15 cm long and 5 to 10 cm wide. The flesh is light orange, slightly acidic and very tasty. They are widely consumed in Brazil.
Passiflora alata, the winged-stem passion flower, is a vine which bears an edible type of passion fruit. It is native to the Amazon region of Brazil. The native peoples living in areas where the plant thrives refer to it as "ouvaca," meaning "red star" due to the appearance of its flower. The fruit it bears is also highly prized by locals and is said to be delectable. The leaves are oval or oblong, 1015 cm long and 1-10 wide. The 710 cm (2.8-3.9 in.) wide flower is fragrant. It usually blooms around late summer or early fall, needing full sun exposure. P. alata attracts bees, butterflies and birds, and is suitable for growing indoors. The fruit is an egg shape, yellow to bright orange, 815 cm (3.1-5.9 in) long and 510 cm (2-3.9 in) in diameter. It weighs from about 90 up to 300 g. This fruit is cultivated in some parts of Brazil and is a highly prized fruit there, because of the few blossoms borne on the plant.
Ruby Star - Ouvaca, Ruby Glow, Fragrant Granadilla, Passionflower, Winged-Stem Passion Flower, Wingstem Passion Flower, Wingstem Passionflower
Brazil - Amazon Region - 0-1,500 m altitude
Species: P. alata
Photographed upcountry in Kula on Maui
From my collection: Tropical Flowers of Hawaii
Kula Maui Hawaii
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August 10th, 2012
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