Banana Passionfruit

Also known as:
Northern Banana Passionfruit, Passiflora Mixta, P. Mollissima
Tropical N. South America

General description

High-climbing vine. Pink tubular flowers year round, 7 cm diameter, 60-95 mm long. Thin skinned oval fruit, turn yellow or orange-yellow when ripe. Sweet, edible, orange pulp, seeds 4-6 mm long, dark red. Leaves glossy green, 3-lobed (middle lobe longest) up to 14 cm long, densely tomentose beneath at least some hairs above.

Shrublands, forest margins, roadsides, wastelands, farm and orchard hedges, domestic gardens. Prefers light gaps on fertile soil.

Seed and stem fragments. Dispersal agents include pigs, possums, rats and birds.

Agressive vine that invades disturbed areas. Smothers trees, reduces biodiversity.

Site management

Roots normally easy to pull out. Use herbicide only when roots cannot be pulled.

Recommended approaches

1. Pull roots up. Cut off above ground or tie stems in air to prevent layering.
2. Stump swab all year round: (1g metsulfuron/kg/L; or 100ml Tordon BK/L; or 100ml triclopyr/L; or 200ml 2,4-D plus dicamba/L; or 200ml glyphosate/L). AYR.
3. Spray large masses on ground where roots cannot be pulled (120ml 2,4-D plus dicamba/10L; or 30ml triclopyr/L/10L; or 100ml glyphosate + 2ml penetrant/10L gorse rate). Spring-Autumn.

Caution: when using any herbicide or pesticide PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

Similar species

blue passion flower
Passiflora caerulea

Blue passion flower has 5-lobed leaves rather than 3.

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RPMS status

Surveillance - Whole Region
Community Initiatives - Whole Region
National Pest Plant Accord species - nationwide
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