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Sunday, August 05, 2007

Banana Poka?

Banana Poka?
I'm not sure if this flowering vine is one species of Passiflora mollissima (a.k.a. P. tripartita), whose common name is banana poka, part of the passion fruit family (Passifloraceae). Its unwieldy vines can cause considerable damage to the ecosystem and its native habitat. On our recent hike, we came across these invasive killers placing a strangle hold on sandalwood and koa trees.

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Blogger Rambling Round said...

Looks like a purple octopus!

Tuesday, August 7, 2007 at 5:37:00 PM HST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like your photo but wonder if it is a native plant or invasive foreigner? Also, did you take the vine off the trees it was strangling. I do that here. Take vines of poison ivy off of trees.

Abraham Lincoln
was up to 96F or 35C

Wednesday, August 8, 2007 at 1:13:00 AM HST  
Blogger evil cake lady said...

that is a passion flower, I see them all over Portland because there's a cold-hardy version that people love growing around here.

that is sad that it is so invasive. we struggle with invasive blackberry brambles, english ivy, and sweet pea vines. those three would choke out and take over everything here in portland if people didn't work hard every year to rip them out. i hope there are people on oahu trying to beat back the invasive plants, too.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007 at 9:01:00 AM HST  
Blogger Dina said...

amazing how beauty can be deadly!!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007 at 9:47:00 AM HST  
Blogger Steve Buser said...

Strange flower.--steve buser
New Orleans Daily Photo

Wednesday, August 8, 2007 at 12:57:00 PM HST  
Blogger Sonia said...

Just beautiful flower! I have in my garden a fruit named Maracuj√° which flower looks like exactly your flower. I think this is Passiflora edulis or passion fruit. In Brazil passion fruit mousse is a common dessert. Passion fruit juice is also very common. See more on

Wednesday, August 8, 2007 at 3:40:00 PM HST  
Blogger photowannabe said...

Its invasive like the Kudzu in Georgia and Louisana. Its litterally choking everything. It isn't native but was a big mistake when introduced.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007 at 4:32:00 PM HST  
Blogger Jilly said...

I remember there was a banana passion fruit in the garden in Tasmania. Perhaps it's the same thing - ie very like the normal passion fruit except banana shaped. Lovely photo.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007 at 10:50:00 PM HST  
Blogger Jazzy said...

this flower looks like it came out of a science fiction book =)

Thursday, August 9, 2007 at 5:04:00 AM HST  
Blogger Nathan F. Yospe said...

That there is Passiflora Laurifolia ("Water Lemon") - These are no worse than Lilikoi (P. Edulis var. flavicarpa) as invasive species of passion flowers go. Banana Poka has big pink flowers.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at 8:27:00 PM HST  
Anonymous wholesale plants said...

There are many perennials that can add to the beauty of any place in a few months, if due care and attention is paid while choosing and growing them.

Sunday, October 11, 2009 at 9:54:00 AM HST  

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