Passiflora tenuiloba Engelm.
Bird Wing Passionflower, Birdwing passionflower, Slender-lobe Passionflower, Spread Lobe Passionflower
Passifloraceae (Passion-Flower Family)
USDA Symbol: pate9
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.
From the Image Gallery
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Size Notes: 3-6
Size Class: 3-6 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
DistributionUSA: NM , 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)Passiflora tenuiloba is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
Gulf Fritillary |
Learn more at BAMONA
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
NPSOT - Austin Chapter - Austin, TX
National Butterfly Center - Mission, TX
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0437 Collected Jun 24, 1993 in Comal County by Mary Beth White
NPSOT 0687 Collected Sep 20, 1993 in Bexar County by Mike Fox
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-1204 Collected 2008-08-18 in Brewster County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
BibliographyBibref 1186 - Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America (2005) Covell, C.V., Jr.
Bibref 1185 - Field Guide to Western Butterflies (Peterson Field Guides) (1999) Opler, P.A. and A.B. Wright
Search More Titles in Bibliography
Recommended Species Lists
Find native plant species by state. Each list contains commercially available species suitable for gardens and planned landscapes. Once you have selected a collection, you can browse the collection or search within it using the combination search.View Recommended Species page
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Passiflora tenuiloba in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Passiflora tenuiloba in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Passiflora tenuiloba
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: DIEHL