Willem J.J.O. de Wilde, 1968
South-Western India, Sri
Rich - Mix
Adenia palmata, Engl.
Modecca integrifolia, Lam.
Modecca palmata, Lam.
Modecca tuberosa, Roxb.
Passiflora hondala, Steud.
Passiflora itondala, Steud.
This member of the Passifloraceae family
was given this name by Willem Jan Jacobus Oswald de Wilde in 1968. It is found in
India, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and most likely; in-between. It is growing in a well drained
but rich soil with quite some water and some sun. The caudex can grow to
70 centimetres in diameter, 150 centimetres in height, the entire plant
to 25 metres in height. The flowers are greenish white, the orange fruits are
poisonous, but the leaves eaten.
The name Adenia
is derived from aden, meaning gland, and pertains to the glands
found on leaves of most of the species.
The species name from the local
vernacular name in Sri Lanka for Adenia.
Useful fact: The
plant is used as a cure for snake bites.