Moon-Leaf Passion Flower
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Moon-Leaf Passion Flower
P Native Unknown Photo: Aditya Gadkari
Common name: Moon-Leaf Passion Flower • Malayalam: Akasavellari, Murumurukkankodi, Seemavellari
Botanical name: Passiflora leschenaultii    Family: Passifloraceae (Passion flower family)
Synonyms: Decaloba leschenaultii, Bryonia tricuspidata

Moon-Leaf Passion Flower is a slender climber whose flowers superficially look similar to those of Passion Fruit. Flowers arise singly in leaf-axils, 4 cm across, carried on flower-stalks 3 cm long. Petals are 1.5 x 1 cm, ovate, blunt, white; corona is in 3 series, linear, pinkish; gynandrophore 1 cm long; filaments 1 cm long. Sepal-cup is 1.5 cm long, deeply lobed to the base. Leaves are almost semi-circular, reminiscent of crescent moon, 4 x 8 cm, 3-ribbed, leaf-stalks 2.5 cm long. Berry is 4.5 x 3 cm, oblong, reddish, smooth, 3-valved; seeds 4 x 3 mm, ovoid, prominently and regularly pitted. Moon-Leaf Passion Flower is found in Peninsular India, NE India to Myanmar.

Identification credit: Aditya Gadkari, J.R. Kuethe Photographed in Kotagiri, Tamil Nadu.

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