Invasive Alien Species

Species Name: Passiflora foetida

Family Name:
Tropical America
Herbaceous vine 1.5-5.0 m long, with cylindrical stem, filiform stipules, and long tendrils.  The leaves are ovate, 3 lobes, acuminate, hairy and light green, 5.5-12.0 cm x3.5-12.0 cm.  Bases cordate; the leaf stalks are 2.0-10.0 cm long.  Bisexual flowers are axillary, solitary or in twos, with pedicels 1.0-7.0 long.  The Fruit berry, globular green turning orange when ripe surrounded by involucre.  Seeds numerous, compressed 4.0 x 1.7 mm, black or dark brown, covered by a white or transparent, fragrant aril.
Invaded Habitat:
P. foetida is a creeping and climbing weed which is invasive of open areas and cultivated land.  It is a creeper which smothers the young shoots of the beneficial leguminous cover crops like Peuraria, Centrosema and Calopogonium. It climbs over beneficial ground vegetation, particularly over Paspalum conjugatum and Ottochloa nodosa, two common grasses in plantations. It is a weed of rubber, oil palm, cocoa, cotton,  orchards, pepper, coffee, pineapple and forest plantations.  It is also distributed as a weed in waste places, road sides and cultivated areas.
Fully established in Java and Madura. Introduced into Java along ago, and has since spread throughout Indonesia.
In wet areas or in areas with a pronounced dry season. The weeds can grow at the sulfat acid soil.
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