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Passionflowers of Belize, Part 2

Passiflora ambigua

Passiflora ambigua Hemsl.  

Large vine with simple leaves. Found in the Cayo, Stann Creek and Toledo districts. Possibly also in the Orange Walk District. The flowers are atractive but smell very bad. The plant serves as larval foodplant for the butterflies Eueides isabella, Philaethria dido, Laparus doris and Heliconius cydno.

Passiflora choconiana (S.Watson)

Slender vine with three lobed leaves. Found in the Cayo, Stann Creek and Toledo districts. Never found on limestone. Larval foodplant for the butterflies Dione juno, Eueides aliphera, Eueides procula and Heliconus hecale.

Passiflora choconiana
Passiflora edulis

Passiflora edulis Sims forma flavicarpa O. Deg.

Not native to Belize, but cultivated and sometimes "escapes". Slender vine with lobed leaves. Fruits yellow. The purple fruited form does not grow in Belize.

Passiflora mayarum J.M. MacDougal.

Medium sized vine with three lobed leaves found on limestone hills in the Orange Walk, Cayo and Toledo districts. Larval foodplant for the butterflies Eueides isabella, Dione juno and Heliconius ismenius

Passilfora mayarum
Passiflora quadrangularis

Passiflora quadrangularis

Not native to Belize, but cultivated and possibly "escapes" now and then. Leaves, large and simple. Fruit huge, yellow.

Passiflora serratifolia L.

Medium sized vine with simple leaves (but finely serrated). Found in all districts. The flowers have a delightful odor. Larval foodplant for the butterflies Eueides isabella, Dione juno, Heliconius ismenius and Philaethria dido.

Passiflora serratifolia
Passiflora seemannii

Passiflora seemannii Griseb.

Medium sized vine with simple and/or three lobed leaves. Found locally in the Toledo district. Possibly introduced. Larval foodplant for the butterflies Dione juno, Eueides isabella, Heliconius hecale and Laparus doris.

Passiflora ciliata Dryand.

Slender vine with hastate leaves, probably just a variety of P. foetida (f. nicaraguensis). Found in coastal regions of the Corozal, Belize and Stann Creek districts. Larval foodplant for the butterfly Agraulis vanillae.

Passiflora ciliata
Passiflora foetida

Passiflora foetida L.  var. gossypiifolia (Desv.) Mast.

One of the several P. foetida varieties found in Belize. All foetida's are slender vines and probably short lived. As a group they are found country wide but some appear to have preference for specific ecosystems and have restricted ranges. More research is needed. Larval foodplant for the butterflies Agraulis vanillae and Euptoieta hegesia.

Passiflora urbaniana Killip

Slender vine with simple or slightly hastate leaves. Probably long lived. Found very commonly in savanna habitats in the Orange Walk, Belize, Stann Creek and Toledo districts. Endemic to Belize. Larval foodplant for the butterflies Agraulis vanillae and Euptoieta hegesia.

Passiflora urbaniana
Passiflora sublanceolata

Passiflora sublanceolata Killip.

Slender vine with hastate leaves, found in very specific scrub habitats on white sticky clay. Clearly belonging to the foetida group but the flower is very distinct and probably addapted to being polinated by humingbirds. So far only known from the Orange Walk and Cayo districts. Larval fooplant for the butterflies Agraulis vanillae and Euptoieta hegesia.

Passiflora pittieri Mast.

Large vine with simple leaves. Found only in the Toledo district. Larval foodplant for the butterflies Eueides vibilia and Heliconius sapho. See also the (pdf) article in "Passiflora" newsletter.

Passiflora pittieri

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