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Passiflora tripartita var mollisima - The Banana Passionfruit - 20 Fresh Seeds

Passiflora tripartita var mollisima - The Banana Passionfruit - 20 Fresh Seeds

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Passiflora tripartita var mollisima - The Banana Passionfruit - 20 Fresh Seeds

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Passiflora tripartita var mollissima - Banana Passion Fruit

This listing is for 20 seeds.

A widespread species, grown in several places as a food crop and in others as ornamentals.  A further use that has caused its spread is for a root-stock for some of the more tender, commercially important species, as Passiflora tripartita var mollissima is a very sturdy and adaptable species.  This species has 3 lobed leaves and 3 angled stems.  It climbs by means of tendrils and in ideal conditions it's height and spread are effectively limited only by its age (it will live for 20 years or so).  It has delicate pink flowers, these are scented and never fully open and certainly never reflex and it is this that distinguishes it from the very closely related Passiflora tarminiana.  The flowers are followed by elongated fruit, which ripen to a golden yellow.  The pulp surrounding the seeds has a sweet taste similar to banana - hence the common name.

The name passionflower derives from the early missionaries to South America, who used the flower to describe the 'Passion of Christ' - the 5 petals and 5 sepals represented the 10 apostles who remained true (less Judas and Peter), the corolla of filaments represents the crown of thorns, the 5 styles represent the 5 wounds and finally the 3 stigma represent the 3 nails used to crucify Christ.
 
For full instructions, see the link on my 'About Me' page, which will direct you to a set of free downloadable instruction sheets.

We cannot send this species to New Zealand - sorry.

 
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Variety Passionflowers/ Passiflora
Type Seeds
Sub-Type Tropicals

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