Passiflora ligularis Juss.

First published in Ann. Mus. Hist. Nat. 6: 113 (1805)
This species is accepted
The native range of this species is Panama to Venezuela and Peru. It is a climbing shrub or tree and grows primarily in the wet tropical biome. It is used to treat unspecified medicinal disorders, as a medicine and invertebrate food, has environmental uses and for food.


Biogeografic region: Andean. Elevation range: 1000–3000 m a.s.l. Cultivated in Colombia. Native to Colombia. Colombian departments: Antioquia, Bogotá DC, Boyacá, Cauca, Cundinamarca, Huila, Meta, Nariño, Norte de Santander, Quindío, Risaralda, Santander, Tolima, Valle del Cauca.
National Red List of Colombia (2021): LC.
Habitat according IUCN Habitats Classification: forest and woodland, savanna, shrubland, wetlands (inland), artificial - terrestrial.
Granadilla, Parchita amarilla

Passifloraceae, R. and A. Fernandes. Flora Zambesiaca 4. 1978

Morphology General Habit
Stout herbaceous glabrous plant, climbing by tendrils.
Morphology Stem
Stems terete, greyish, grooved; internodes up to 8 cm. long.
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-lamina 8–17 × 6–13 cm., broadly ovate, abruptly acuminate at apex, entire-margined, deeply cordate at the base, penninerved, membranous, dark green above, paler beneath; petiole 4–10 cm. long, bearing 4–6 scattered, liguliform or filiform glands, 3–10 mm. long; stipules 1–2·5 × 0·8–1·2 cm., ovate-lanceolate or oblong-lanceolate, acute or acuminate, entire or serrulate, narrowed at the base.
Morphology General Tendrils
Tendrils stout and long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Peduncles
Peduncle 2–4 cm. long, solitary or geminate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Bracts 2–3·5 × 1–1·5 cm., connate along 1/5–1/3 of their length, the free parts ovate or ovate-lanceolate, acute, entire, glabrous but tomentose near the margin.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers 6–9 cm. in diameter.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals 2·5–3·5 × 1–1·5 cm., acute, green outside, white inside. Calyx-tube short, campanulate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals c. 3 × 0·8–1 cm., oblong, white or pinkish-white.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corona
Corona in 5–7 rows, the filaments of the 2 outer ones as long as the petals, radiate, blue at apex, banded with white and reddish-purple below, the inner rows approximate, the filaments c. 2 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Operculum
Operculum membranous, slightly incurved, denticulate, white and reddish-purple at margin.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Limen
Limen cupuliform, surrounding the base of the gynophore.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary ovoid.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit 6–8 × 4–5 cm., ovoid, yellowish or purplish.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds c. 6 × 4 mm., narrowly obcordate, minutely tridentate at the apex, with the faces irregularly reticulate.

Extinction risk predictions for the world's flowering plants to support their conservation (2024). Bachman, S.P., Brown, M.J.M., Leão, T.C.C., Lughadha, E.N., Walker, B.E.

Predicted extinction risk: not threatened. Confidence: confident

Bernal, R., G. Galeano, A. Rodríguez, H. Sarmiento y M. Gutiérrez. 2017. Nombres Comunes de las Plantas de Colombia.

desjarretadera, granadilla, granadillo, guampana

Bernal, R., Gradstein, S.R. & Celis, M. (eds.). 2015. Catálogo de plantas y líquenes de Colombia. Instituto de Ciencias Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá.

Nativa y cultivada en Colombia; Alt. 1000 - 3000 m.; Andes.
Morphology General Habit
Preocupación Menor

The Useful Plants of Boyacá project

Alt. 1000 - 3000 m.
Morphology General Habit
Climbing plant.
Least concern.
Native and cultivated in Colombia.


Use Environmental
Environmental uses.
Use Gene Sources
Used as gene sources.
Use Food
Used for food.
Use Invertebrate Food
Used as invertebrate food.
Use Medicines
Medical uses.

Use Food
Infructescences - Edible fruit, can be eaten raw (Romero Castañeda 1961).
Use Medicines Unspecified Medicinal Disorders
Medicinal (State of the World's Plants 2016, Instituto Humboldt 2014).

Common Names

Sweet Granadilla
Granadilla, parchita amarilla.


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