This is a photo of a Passiflora species, taken in Berkeley, CA. Thank you to Yero Kuethe for helping me with the idenfication.
I found these fruit growing on a vine near the beach on an island off the Pacific coast of Panama. The fruit had an agreeable aroma so I tried it, […]
I found this Aristolochia species growing on and island off the Pacific Coast of Panama. I couldn’t find a flower. I’d be interested in knowing the species if anyone has […]
Passiflora foetida photographed it in Vietnam.
Here are some photos of a Passiflora variety I found on an island off the Northern Caribbean coast of Panama
I collected this plant (seed) from a vine growing on an old man’s porch in Boquete. He didn’t know where it came from, but commented that it only bloomed in the afternoon, which I see to be true now that my vine is flowering. The buds develop remarkably fast. As can be observed in the photos, the unopened bud looks like a turbine. In the afternoon it quickly unwinds and blooms into a large, very fragrant flower.
Reportedly, the young leaves and fleshy calyces of Ipomoea alba are edible, so are the young seeds. Leaves and calyxes are eaten cooked, steamed, alone as a vegetable, added to curries and soups.
The whole plant is used as a snakebite medicine.