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Passiflora racemosa (red passion flower)

The red passion flower is a beautiful evergreen climber with hanging clusters of showy red flowers.
Red passion flower flowers

Passiflora racemosa at Kew Gardens

Species information

Scientific name: 

Passiflora racemosa Brot.

Common name: 

red passion flower

Conservation status: 

Not evaluated according to IUCN Red List criteria.

Habitat: 

Humid forest.

Key Uses: 

Ornamental.

Known hazards: 
Ingestion of certain species of the genus Passiflora may cause gastrointestinal upset.

Taxonomy

Subclass: 
Superorder: 
Rosanae
Order: 
Malpighiales
Family: 
Passifloraceae
Genus: Passiflora

About this species

There are over 400 species of Passiflora, mostly from tropical and warm parts of America. Only three species, including the well-known Passiflora caerulea, are suitable for growing outside in Britain, and then only in mild areas. All other passion flowers require glasshouse protection in temperate countries but can of course be grown outside in subtropical and tropical areas.

Passiflora racemosa was named by the Portuguese botanist Félix da Silva Avellar Brotero (1744-1828). It is native to Brazil and has long been a favourite plant for growing in warm conservatories in temperate climates. The first part of volume 12 of the Transactions of the Linnean Society of London, in which the name Passiflora racemosa was first published, probably appeared in 1818.

Synonym: 

Passiflora princeps Lodd.

Genus: 
Passiflora

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