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Family: Passifloraceae
Genus: Passiflora
Botanical name: Passiflora foetida
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
Sanskrit: Lomaphala, Svaduphala
English: Wild Maracuja, Stinking Passion
Hindi: Jhumka lata
Malayalam: Pudapazham, Akasatondi
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
The stems are thin and wiry, covered with minute sticky yellow hairs. Older stems become woody. Theleaves are three- to five-lobed and viscid-hairy. When crushed, these leaves give off a pungent odor that some people consider unpleasant. The flowers are white to pale cream coloured, about 5–6 cm diameter. The fruitis globose, 2–3 cm diameter, yellowish-orange to red when ripe, and has numerous black seeds embedded in the pulp; the fruit are eaten and the seeds dispersed by birds.
Wild Maracuja is able to trap insects on its bracts, which exude a sticky substance that also contains digestiveenzymes. This minimizes predation on young flowers and fruits. Whether or not it gains nourishment from its prey is uncertain, and it is currently considered a protocarnivorous plant.
This passion flower tolerates arid ground, but favours wet areas. It is known to be an invasive species in some areas.
The whole plant of Wild Maracuja is used for pain, nervous disorders, depression, anxiety and relieve sleeping problems.
Passiflora foetida
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