Stinking Passion Flower (species: Passiflora foetida) in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Passiflora foetida
Stinking Passion Flower

©Anne Hoggett: Passiflora foetida flower at Lizard Island

©Barbara Banks

©Barbara Banks
Kingdom Plantae
Division Tracheophyta
Class Magnoliopsida
Order Malpighiales
Family Passifloraceae
Genus Passiflora
Species Passiflora foetida



Distinguishing features

A vine with three-lobed leaves and climbing tendrils. Web-like bracts at the base of the flower surround the fruit. White flowers open at night. Fruit becomes yellow when ripe and is edible at that stage (Cribb and Cribb, 1985).


  • Size data has not been obtained.



This species has been introduced from South America and is considered "naturalised" in Australia.

by Anne Hoggett


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Lizard Island: Common at LIRS

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Cribb, A.B. and J.W. Cribb (1985). Plant life of the Great Barrier Reef and adjacent shores University of Queensland Press, St Lucia.

Other references

  • Colvill, A., M. Ahmet, S. Clag and B. Haigh (2004). Lizard Island fauna and flora sampling report.Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. LIRS catalog number 10067.
  • De Sloover, J.R. and M. Dufrene (1999). Flora and vegetation of Turtell V, Turtell Islands Group (Queensland, Australia), Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg./ Bull. Nat. Plantentuin Belg., 67: 45-97. LIRS catalog number 577.
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