Passiflora filamentosaCommon name: Palmate Passionflower

Meaning of name: Passiflora is from the Latin words passio, meaning suffering or the suffering of Christ, and floris, meaning flower. It refers to a resemblance in the parts of the flower to the instruments of Christ’s suffering. Filamentosa is from the Latin words filamentum, meaning thread or filament, and –osus, meaning abounding in.

Distribution: Found in the southwest of Western Australia.

Remarks: A vine with white and purple flowers. This is a native of America.

References: Western Weeds, A Guide to the Weeds of Western Australia. BMJ Hussey, GJ Keighery, J Dodd, SG Lloyd, RD Cousens. 1997.

Western Australian Plant Names and their Meanings, a Glossary. FA Sharr. 1996.