Passiflora mexicana, Mexican Passionflower
Scientific Name: Passiflora mexicana
Common Name: Mexican Passionflower
Also Called: Mexican Passion Flower, Passion Flower, (Spanish: Ojo de Venado, Díctamo Real, Itamo Real)
Family: Passifloraceae or Passion Vine Family
Size: Up to 24 feet vining through adjacent vegetation.
Growth Form: Forb/herb, vine; bracts present.
Leaves: Green; bi lobed, sometimes variegated, margins entire.
Flower Color: Green, to yellow-green, the corona red or reddish purple; sepals much larger than the inconspicuous petals, peduncled paired or solitary, fruit a subglobose berry
Flowering Season: July to August (October).
Elevation: 2,500 to 5,000 feet.
Habitat Preferences: Usually along streams, thickets near riparian areas, washes, sometimes on dry mesas.
Recorded Range: Mexican Passionflower is very rare in the United States. It is native only to Arizona in the southeastern counties of; Cochise, Graham, Pima, Pinal and Santa Cruz counties.
North America & US County Distribution Map for Passiflora mexicana.
U.S. Weed Information: No information available.
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: No information available.
Wetland Indicator: No information available.
Threatened/Endangered Information: No information available.
Genus Information: USDA Plants.gov lists 50 species for Passiflora mostly in the southern half of the United States.
The USDA Plants.gov also reports that Arizona has 4 species in Passiflora, California has 3 species, New Mexico has 0 species and Texas has 8 species.
The Plant List identifies more than 500 species names for Passiflora.
Comments: Mexican Passionflower is rare in the United States where it is only found in south and southeast Arizona.
In Southwest Desert Flora also see Arizona Passionflower, Passiflora, arizonica.