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View USF Tampa Plant Record: Passiflora suberosa

Scientific Name Passiflora suberosa
Common Name Corkystem Passionflower
Family Passifloraceae
Info orky-stem passionflower is a low climbing herbaceous vine native to the Southeast. The name corky-stem comes not from the plants spiraled tendrils, but from the cork-like stems of mature specimens. The flowers of this particular species of passionflower range from pale green to yellow and are smaller and less showy than related species, e.g. Purple Passionflower. However, they still retain the unique appearance that all passionflowers share. The fruits that the flowers produce are small purple-black berries and the leaves are highly variable and range from oval to tri-lobed. Stems of this species grow to 2 feet or more and can spread to form patches. This vine prefers moist, well-drained sandy or limestone soils and can be found moist forests and pinelands. The corky-stem passionflower vine is a larval host to 3 species of butterfly (Zebra Heliconian, Gulf Fritillary, and Julia Dryas) and is also frequented by Leaf-footed bugs.
Found By Mark Lareau
Date Found 2/26/2015
Native Native
Links http://butterflies.heuristron.net/plants/passiflora.html,http://www.regionalconservation.org/beta/nfyn/plantdetail.asp?tx=Passsube
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