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Scientific Name: Pasiflora foetida
Alternative Names: Wild maracuja, Wild water lemon.

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  • Perennial
  • Passiflora foetida is found from the warm temperate zone to the tropics of North and South America.
  • The specific epithet, foetida, means "stinking" in Latin and refers to the strong aroma emitted by damaged foliage.
  • Passiflora foetida is a climbing perennial vine growing from a woody rootstock - producing thin and wiry vines covered with minute sticky yellow hairs.
  • The flowers are white to pale cream and followed by yellowish-orange fruit to red when ripe.
  • Passiflora foetida can flower and produce fruit all year round.
  • It tolerates arid soil but favors moist areas.
  • They are not very tolerant of frost, and can be killed by temperatures falling to around 3°c.
  • Passiflora foetida is a protocarnivorous plant and able to trap insects on its bracts, which exude a sticky substance that also contains digestive enzymes.

Culinary Uses

  • The fruits are roughly the size of a ping pong ball or kumquat and contain a bluish-white pulp that is mildly sweet and delicately flavored.
  • Fully ripe fruit can be eaten raw and made into drinks.
  • Young leaves and plant tips are also edible.

Parts Used

  • The whole plant.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • The whole plant is boiled, and the liquid used as an anthelmintic for intestinal nematodes and flatworms, colds, chest coughs, asthma, and tuberculosis.
  • It is considered to have sedative properties and is used in the treatment of neurasthenia, insomnia, nightmares, anxiety, and hypertension.
  • An infusion of the leaves is used for healing wounds.
  • Passiflora foetida, has very clear analgesic and anti-inflammatory activities.
  • Fluid, pressed from the leaves and stem, is used to improve fertility in women.
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