Passiflora foetida

P. foetida is naturalized in Texas and is also considered an invasive.

Common Names: Stinking Passion Flower, Love in a Mist

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flower--the fringy structures are collectively called a corona ("crown").  The stigmas and stamens are above the corona. Fruit is edible (and delicious!)


The feathery bracts are carnivorous. They secrete a very sticky nectar and nitrogenase to attract bugs and dissolve them so that the plant can use the nutrients. Another photo of the bracts surrounding the fruits.

Passiflora habit - vine individual leaf, showing the deeply leaves; most Passiflora foetida have either 3 or 5 leaf lobes. 
stems, petioles, and leaves are covered with tiny trichomes