Soi Fah Passion Flower
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Soi Fah Passion Flower
ntroduced Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Soi Fah Passion Flower • Hindi: झुमका लता Jhumkalata • Manipuri: ꯔꯥꯙꯤꯀꯥ ꯅꯥꯆꯣꯝ Radhika nachom • Bengali: Jhumkalata
Botanical name: Passiflora ‘Soi Fah’    Family: Passifloraceae (Passion flower family)

Soi Fah passion flower is a fast growing perennial vine, and is a hybrid of unknown origin. It employs tendrils to grab hold of adjacent shrubs, structure and other supports to lift itself to heights of 8-12 ft. The large serrated leaves grow 5-6 in wide by 6 to 8 in long. They typically have three to five lobes and are arranged alternately on the stem with flowers and branches emerging from the axil. All of the passion flowers have beautifully complex blossoms and Soi Fah Passion Flower is no exception. These have 2-3 in diameters and are composed of 10 white tepals arranged in a shallow bowl shape above which is arranged fringe of purple and white filaments, called the corona. In the center is the white fleshy stigma surrounded by five stamens.

Identification credit: Dinesh Valke Photographed in Thane, Mumbai.

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