Passiflora edulis Sims, Bot. Mag. 45: t. 1989 1818. (syn: Passiflora cuneifolia Cav.; Passiflora diaden Vell.; Passiflora incarnata Ker Gawl.; Passiflora iodocarpa Barb.Rodr.; Passiflora pallidiflora Bertol.; Passiflora picroderma Barb.Rodr.; Passiflora pomifera M.Roem.; Passiflora rubricaulis Jacq.; Passiflora vernicosa Barb.Rodr.);
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Passion fruit, Edible Passion Flower, Passion flower, Purple granadilla;
Here is the relevant portion of key from Bailey Manual of cultivated plants
Petals white or pink
Outer rays of corona about as long as petals; leaves serrate
Fruit yellow when ripe; leaves dull above ………. P. incarnata
Fruit deep purple when ripe; leaves shining above …….. P. edulis
Outer rays of corona distinctly shorter than petals; leaves entire
Leaves 5-7 lobed ……… P. caerulea
Leaves 3-lobed ………. P. alatocaerulea


Sharing the images of Passiflora edulis ? from Coimbatore.
Location: NBNP Garden, Anaikatti, Coimbatore.
Habitat: Garden
Habit: Climber

I had the same plant with me, but did not flower or fruited. It was growing in a pot. What could be the reason for its not flowering? Is it due to the pot size.

Fruit from Kerala, help in ID:12042013GS1 :  Attachments (2).  3 posts by 3 authors.

This fruit was photographed by my son on his February visit to Kerala. Pl. help in ID.

This is Passion Fruit

Yes, it is. Passiflora edulis



Passiflora For ID : Munnar : 190813 : AK-2 : Attachments (2). 6 posts by 3 authors.
A Passiflora climber seen at Munnar on 22/10/2008.
White flower and round fruits seen.
Id please.

May be Passiflora foetida

Thanks for a possible id.
I don’t think this is Passiflora foetida.
Could be Passiflora edulis.
… had identified one earlier from Kodai.
Experts kindly confirm id.

This is the commonly seen Passiflora edulis.

Passiflora edulis Wai: Attachments (4). 4 posts by 4 authors.
Passiflora edulis

Clicked this Passion fruit plant growing in the premises of Mapro garden. Wai

Images by tspkumar


TSP-APR2016-22-322:Images of Passiflora edulis (Passiflora edulis) : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (6)

It is my pleasure to share few images of Passiflora edulis (Passifloraceae 

Habit: Woody climber 

Habitat: Cultivated 

Sighting: Chikmagalur and Sakaleshpur, Karnataka, about 1200 msl and 1000 msl respectively 

Date: 24-09-2015 and 28-04-2016

aah seeds!! wonderful. I guess in forests the pollinators get to know their foods supply is hence can then get us the fruits.

in my urban area where people come in droves at 4 am armed with lathis etc to collect flowers for worship  and pluck every available  flower that the pollinators never discover that the food source exists or can be consistently had…  I have tried arguing with these (often highly educated people, a few are retired IAS officers and their wives) that does their god or gods accept stolen flowers? are these gods happy that you are stealing flowers?

they usually retort or call me names… that’s our tragedy
but who is going to change this flower stealing mentality in kolkata? or other urban areas in india?  I have seen it everywhere … north south east west in indian cities… corruption of the soul i call it. any way i love your complete cases

Passiflora edulis Sims : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)
Location: Kalingpong, India
Altitude: 4400 ft.
Date: 31 March 2017
Habit : Cultivated
Nepali Names : झुम्के लहरो Jhumke Laharo / लहरे आँप Lahare Aap / घडी फूल Ghadee Phool / औल आँप Aul  Aap

passiflora edulis : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (3) – 1 Mb or more.
Passiflora spp. ??
At Rana Kandorana

passiflora edulis
did you get to taste the fruit? you are in gujarat, right? is this grown as a crop?


at SHRIL, Kodaikanal on the 22nd of October, 08;
Passiflora for ID : AK-1 – efloraofindia | Google Groups


passion flowers – efloraofindia | Google Groups : No images.
could some one please let me know if the fruit of all passionfruit flowers are edible? if not please post a photograph of the edible ones.

Fruits of Passiflora edulis is edible for sure.

Passiflora edulis fruits are edible
juices, jams, flavorings are few of sevral uses all over the world

Passiflora foetida fruits are edible.  I have tasted it and it taste same as that of Passiflora edulis fruits.

Good god, dont tell me, as the name suggests, it should have a foul smell, mine had a foul one, stinking rather, thats why I have been saying, the orange fruited P. foetida should be something different.

I think I tasted the oranged fruited P. foetida in Kerala, but it was tasty.

in german there is a saying. “Ueber Geschmack kann man nicht streiten”
Free translation:  Taste is individual, can’t be a subject of debate / discussion.
It is true for passion flowers, mushrooms and fisch dishes. 😉

Yes …, very true.

I have tasted the fruits of the Pink Passion Flower at Kodaikanal.
These are available in the market and unlike others…they are very sweet and little oblong in shape.

Passion fruits are very tasty.

I’m sorry, I tried to reply to this thread on the eflora site but was informed that I am not allowed to post because I’m not a member. How strange! Since I’m a newbie and have never posted here before I hope you’ll excuse this form of replying.
Anyway, for the original poster who wanted to see a photo of the passionflowers with edible fruits, I have one posted on my blog : The Urban Gardener
This develops into a reddish fruit and is in my opinion much more flavourful than the yellow ones

Your answer was too much philosophical I assume. As the name suggests, foetida means fowl smelling, so it doesnt matter who is smelling it, it will smell foul. Just because of the biochemical excretion from the glandular hairs which are present on the plant in foetida but absent from edulis.
My issue was more of the identification. My plant ripens but never changes its colour, where as the assume same foetida ripens and changes orange and tastes sweet. That proves that the species can be different atleast on the variety level.
There is one such example in orchid, Habenaria gibsoni var. foetida which smells like decomposing flesh or lets put straight, human shit, and then there is Habenaria gibsoni var. gibsoni, which doesnt smell that way….I am sure there would be many more similar examples.

here is photograph of Passion flower with fruit(row)

yum yum….this looks like edulis to me….

Have seen a lot passion flowers, but not passion fruits. Thanks for sharing …

Passiflora edulis from me too

I agree with you though not about the flavour. The reddish one is definitely sweeter than the yellow one.

thanks a lot every one. The photo tells me mine is Passiflora edulis. So will try to make the juice this year when it fruits !! any other way to ‘eat’ the fruit??

A third one which forms the Passion Fruit, growing in our home garden at Nasik.
Picture of flower taken on the 21st June,07 and of fruits on 15th Nov,09.

wow !!!!!!!! my fev. Passion Fruit
i love Passion Fruit juice taste like maza / sclice.

I have got a passion fruit seedling.  Can it be grown in big pot?  How many years it takes to fruit?

…, this one looks like Passiflora edulis.

It should bear fruit within a year. Growing it in a pot, I do not know. I know that the stem could become quite big, around 3 inch in width. It is not round normally when it has really grown. I have seen them covering an entire tree 40′ tall.

This should be Passiflora edulis…edulis means edible….one of the most widely used plant for its fuit juice which really tastes like Rasna. You can even just break it and drink the pulp…..its tasty…….This happens to be one of my research plant on which I worked…..before orchids.

Passiflora edulis indeed !!


I have a query – are the fruits of all species of the passion flower edible? I have a new passion flower creeper – the flower petals are white and it has purple centred corolla – fruits have also appeared – are they edible ???

Fruits of not all Passiflora species are edible (at least, not usually eaten). The commonly eaten one is Passion Fruit (Passiflora edulis). The species name edulis means edible. Mostly, the juice is extracted for drinking. In NE India, Passion Fruit juice is sold in the markets.
There are some other blue-purple passion flowers too:

I agree with … that all are not edible, infact I know only abt edulis in India where fruit pulp has a smell like rasna and its very tasty. U can plant it in your garden too. Most of the passionflowers dont give fruits too. I have never seen fruit in coerulea ever though I planted both at the same place in my garden along with foetida which give fruits luxuriantly…..

Passion fruit is considered good for heart. But entire fruit should be eaten. Along with fibers and not only juice. Help to reduce cholesterol.

As far as i know the white passion flower fruits are edible and the juice taken which is very healthy.
The most common passion flowers seen are bluish, lavender and purple. Even pink and red flowers are cultivated abroad


Old Teak Tree from muthodi forest – indiantreepix | Google Groups : (mixed thread): 1 correct images as above.
Taken in Lonavala…

It is Passiflora indica (passifloraceae)

In HIndi it is called as rakhi ka phool or pandavas and kouravas coz of the pentafid pistil and numerous purple stamens

Passion Flower:
In marathi it is called “Krishna Kamal

In Hindi it is known as Kaurav-Pandav. And in Chhattisgarh, Rakhi Phool. Kaurav-Pandav are characters of Mahabharat. That is why many natives avoid it in home as they believe that it will create Mahabharat among family members. 🙂

I think it may be Passiflora edulis Sims as per details herein and as per comparative images at Passiflora

Am posting the pics of passion fruit growing on our terrace.
This fruit becomes lemony yellow when ripe. However after change of colour too, when we tried tasting one it seemed to be still raw and had no taste.
I have read passion fruit has varied tastes including a pineapple flavour etc….
Can anyone throw some light.
Detailing the info posted earlier by … on this group.

Your plant could be Passiflora edulis, and not Passiflora foetida, at least that is what I can guess from the leaves. I think the fruits become a bit dark on maturity, kind of reddish brown. I have tasted Passion Fruit, and found the taste is quite modest. So, you might be
expecting too much from it. 🙂
You should probably see these links:

The passion fruit in your picture is of the variety that is yellow when ripe. The other variety of passion fruit that I have tasted is purple in colour and is much sweeter.
The yellow coloured passion fruit is normally a bit sour, in fact quite sour. Both the varieties have a flavour quite like mango. We use the yellow variety to make juice concentrate and have it for an entire year.


Passiflora Species for ID : Pune : 29MAY21 : AK-04: 1 image.
Passiflora flower seen in a cultivated garden in Pune.
Unfortunately, the flower had withered.

Passiflora edulis?

Yes, possible as per images at Passiflora edulis Sims


Swamy/New series/ID/37 – Passiflora edulis: 3 images.
I am forwarding herewith the photographs of Passiflora edulis photographed in Mysore on 25th August. Photographed by a friend in his garden & sent to me for ID. For me the plant is Passiflora edulis. Please confirm the ID/ suggest new ID.

Yes, as per images and details at Passiflora edulis (Introduced)


Swamy/New series/ID/47 – Passiflora edulis: 3 images.
Please confirm the ID / osuggest new ID for  the plant. Photographed in Mysore a decade back.
Passiflora edulis

Yes, appears close as per images at Passiflora edulis (Introduced)


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