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Passiflora tripartita
(Passifloraceae)

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(There has been some confusion in Hawaii regarding the taxonomy/identification of the plant commonly known as "banana poka," which has been variously called Passiflora mollissima, Passiflora tripartita var. tripartita, Passiflora tripartita var. mollissima, and Passiflora tarminiana. As far as we can determine, there is [2009] only a single taxon of this plant in Hawaii, and its current name is Passiflora tarminiana.) 


Taxonomy & nomenclature

GRIN nomenclature info for Passiflora tripartita
Nomenclatural information about Passiflora tripartita is provided by USDA/ARS/NGRP/GRIN.

Passiflora tripartita information from ITIS
The Integrated Taxonomic Information System ITIS provides authoritative taxonomic information on Passiflora tripartita, as well as other plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world.

IPNI nomenclature info for Passiflora tripartita
Nomenclatural information about Passiflora tripartita is provided by The International Plant Names Index (IPNI).

Note on the identity of the introduced passionflower vine "banana poka" in Hawaii View info about Adobe Acrobat PDF format
The aggressive alien vine known in Hawaii as " banana poka" has been identified as Passiflora mollissima (HBK.) Bailey, P. mixta L., or an introgressive hybrid between P. mollissima and some unnamed species due to its atypical morphology. Determination of the correct taxonomic status of this taxon is an important initial step in any biocontrol work. This paper reports a comparative analysis of Hawaiian material against type and other collections of this species complex.


See also these taxa

Passiflora tarminiana (Passifloraceae): species information from HEAR  important item 
Categorized information about Passiflora tarminiana (Passifloraceae) is presented by the Hawaiian Ecosystems at Risk project (HEAR).

Passiflora mollissima (Passifloraceae): species information from HEAR
Categorized information about Passiflora mollissima (Passifloraceae) is presented by the Hawaiian Ecosystems at Risk project (HEAR).

Passiflora tripartita var. mollissima (Passifloraceae): species information from HEAR
Categorized information about Passiflora tripartita var. mollissima (Passifloraceae) is presented by the Hawaiian Ecosystems at Risk project (HEAR).

Passiflora tripartita var. tripartita: species information from HEAR
Categorized information about Passiflora tripartita var. tripartita (Passifloraceae) is presented by the Hawaiian Ecosystems at Risk project (HEAR).


Full-text articles

Alien plant invasions in native ecosystems of Hawaii: Management and research
Stone, Charles P., Clifford W. Smith, and J. Timothy Tunison (eds.) . 1992. Alien plant invasions in native ecosystems of Hawaii: Management and research. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Cooperative National Park Resources Studies Unit. ISBN: 0-8248-1474-6.


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