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Passiflora affin. kalbreyeri

I'm not entirely sure of the name of this interesting Passiflora.  I received it from a botanical garden, who believes it is Passiflora kalbreyeri from Colombia and neighboring Venezuela.  Its blooms are sweetly-scented and quite attractive.  They have a ring of long, yellow & burgundy filaments, with white petals and a lime-green center.  It is not a rampant grower, making a handsome vine in a 5 gallon pot.  Unfortunately i have no information on how much heat or frost it can take.

The shape of the leaves varies depending on the temperature.  When grown outdoors here in cool San Francisco, they tend to be somewhat rectangular with two small lobes.  Indoors, in warmer conditions, the lobes get much longer, and the leaves take on a V-shape.  They have a soft texture, due to a coating of tiny hairs.  They also have 2 rows of dots, which produce nectar.  The blooms are about 1 inches across.  The plant hasn't set fruit for me yet.  This species can probably cross-breed with some other Passifloras in the subgenus Decaloba, to create new hybrids.

Passiflora affin. kalbreyeri

It hasn't been difficult to grow, but it is untested in hot conditions.  If it is from higher elevations, it may dislike hot conditions, particularly if nights are warm.  It handles cool conditions fine, but i don't know its frost tolerance.  It seems to flower better in sunnier conditions rather than shade.  It might need some shading from strong afternoon sun though.  Like most Passifloras, it enjoys fertile, well-draining soil that's kept evenly moist.

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