Passiflora loefgrenii

(Passiflora loefgrenii)



Passiflora loefgrenii, the garlic passion fruit, is a passion flower that was first formally described 1997 by Fabio Augusto Vitta. The plant is named after Albert Löfgren , the first known collector. Passiflora loefgrenii is a perennial, climbing vine. The stems are smooth, round and thin. In the leaf axils are kidney-shaped stipules of up to 3.5 cm long, which the tendrils flank. The sheet steal are up to 7 cm long. The alternately arranged leaves are tri-lobed with smooth edges and 5 to 9.5 x 5.5 to 14 cm. The solitary penduncles are 11–20 cm long. The flowers are purple, bluish violet and white in color and 9–12 cm wide. The sepals are purple, up to 5.5 x 1.5 cm and ending in a 1 cm long awn. The petals are purple and almost as big as the sepals. The corona consists of 6 or 7 rows, which are white at the base and above bluish purple. The outer two rows of 1.7–2 cm long, and the innermost rows are 1-1.2 cm long. The flowers are pollinated by hummingbirds, Phaethornis eurynome and Phaethornis squalidus, and carpenter bees (Xylocopa ). The fruit are elliptical, greenish yellow and approximately 6 x 4 cm. Initially it was thought that the distribution of Passiflora Loefgrenii limited to Ribeirão Preto in the state of São Paulo in Brazil , but later the plant was also discovered near Iporanga São Paulo and Corupá in the state of Santa Catarina . In Europe, the plant has been cultivated since 2000. The plant can be kept in a temperate greenhouses or in a living room. In summer the plant can be grown outside.

Taxonomic tree:

Kingdom: Plantae
Class: Magnoliopsida
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