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Family: PASSIFLORACEAE 

 Adenia epigea
 

 
Author:   Joseph Marie Henry Alfred Perrier de la Bāthie, 1940
Family:  Passifloraceae
Origin:  Madagascar
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium-Maximum
Thickness:  20-60 centimetres
Height:  120 centimetres or more
Flower:  Greenish White
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  Vahimitombo
Synonyms:  -


The caudex of a larger plant smoothens out.
Photo by
Soumen Aditya.


A massive caudex by Patrice Antilahimena, Tropicos.com.

   This member of the Passifloraceae family was found by  Joseph Marie Henry Alfred Perrier de la Bāthie around 1910, but was given this name by him in 1940. It is found - in it's green form - in central and northern Madagascar, growing in a well drained soil with some water and some to lots of sun. The caudex can grow to 20 centimetres or even 60 in diameter, the plant can raise to 120 centimetres or more.

What former have been known as "The Red Form" is actually A. firingalavensis var. stylosa which have been raised to its own species by David John Hearn in 2007: Adenia stylosa.

The genera is named after the Yemen city of Aden. The species name means 'ground-crawling'.

  
The leaves changes on the single plant from almost round to three lobed. Photo by
Soumen Aditya.

  
The flower of wild plants by Patrice Antilahimena, Tropicos.com.