Passiflora lutea L. - Yellow Passion Flower

Passiflora lutea plant

Family - Passifloraceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Passiflora lutea stem

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Passiflora lutea leaves

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Passiflora lutea flowerFlower.

Passiflora lutea fruitFruit.

Flowering - June - September.

Habitat - Low rich woods, rocky woods, slopes, thickets, railroads.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This interesting plant can be found in the southern half of Missouri. The plant is easy to identify in the field because of its 3-lobed leaves, vining habit, and small yellowish flowers. No other flowers in Missouri resemble those of the genus Passiflora.
P. lutea is most often seen as a small non-flowering plant but in low, moist woods flowering plants are common.
The species epithet "lutea" means "yellow."

Photographs taken at the Shut-Ins Mountain Fen, Shannon County, MO., 8-10-03, and at Big Spring Park, MO., 7-8-04.


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