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Passiflora tenuiloba Engelm.
Bird Wing Passionflower, Birdwing passionflower, Slender-lobe Passionflower, Spread Lobe Passionflower
USDA Symbol: PATE9
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
A vine with tendrils in leaf axils and bizarre, greenish flowers.
Unlike this species, which has evolutionarily lost its petals, most Passiflora have 10 petal-like parts; the common name passionflower relates to the resemblance of these flower parts to aspects of the Crucifixion story. The 10 petal-like parts represent the disciples, excluding Peter and Judas; the five stamens, the wounds Jesus received; the knob-like stigmas, the nails; and the fringed corona, the crown of thorns. There are several Passiflora species in the Southwest.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Vine Leaf Retention: Deciduous Size Notes:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
, TX Native Distribution:
Southern New Mexico, southwestern Texas, and northern Mexico. Native Habitat:
Open limestone areas, dry, caliche soils, growing over boulders and sometimes into low shrubs; mainly in Edwards Plateau to south Texas.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Conditions Comments: As are other species of Passionvine, Slender lobed passionvine spreads by suckering and is a larval food plant for Gulf fritillary, Zebra longwing, and Julia butterflies. The flowers are not large or brightly colored, but are very intricate and delicate.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
Larval Host: Gulf Fritillary
Deer Resistant: Minimal
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0437
Collected Jun 24, 1993 in Comal County by Mary Beth WhiteNPSOT 0687
Collected Sep 20, 1993 in Bexar County by Mike Fox
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-1204
Collected 2012-08-19 in Brewster County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: DIEHL