Batwing passion flower
Passifloraceae - Passiflora apetalar
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What does it look like?

Bat-wing passion flower is an invasive, shade-tolerant vine. It has distinctive bat-wing shaped leaves that may have a pale green stripe along the midrib. It has small yellow or light-green coloured flowers (7-12mm diameter) and produces small black berries the size of a small grape (7-15mm diameter).

Bat-wing passion flower is shade-tolerant and can grow in a range of locations. It has been found in regenerating native forest and scrub, home gardens and among hedges and fence lines.

Why is it a problem?

Bat-wing passion flower is very invasive and can grow high into the canopy of tall trees. It has the ability to smother, shade and strangle the vegetation it grows on.

Bat-wing passion flower can produce large numbers of fruit, with each fruit containing seeds; even unripe fruit can produce viable seeds. Many hundreds of seedlings have been found under some plants. Bat-wing passion flower can also grow from stems that touch the ground or from plant fragments.

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