Common name: Banana passionfruit
Botanical name: Passiflora tarminiana, Passiflora tripartita
Management programme: Advisory
Native to South America where it is cultivated and sold for its edible fruit. Introduced to New Zealand as an ornamental garden plant, it was considered naturalised around 1970.
Why is it a pest?
- It forms large masses, growing rapidly and smothering the forest canopy, preventing other plants from establishing.
- Seeds are dispersed by birds, pigs, and possums which can all carry them some distance.
Where is it found?
- Banana passionfruit can be found in hedges, orchards, exotic plantations, wasteland, gardens, and roadsides.
- Found throughout the Bay of Plenty.
What does it look like?
- Evergreen climbing vine up to 10m with long, densely haired stems with many spiralling tendrils.
- Leaves have three lobes, with longer middle lobe, serrated edges, and downy undersides.
- Pink hanging flowers with a central tube present year-round.
- Flowers (January to December) are followed by hanging, thin-skinned fruit which change from green to orange as they ripen. Fruit has a sweet edible orange pulp and dark red seeds.
What are the rules?
The Bay of Plenty Regional Council does not enforce the control of advisory species. It is landowner/occupier responsibility to manage these pests. Council may provide advice on how to manage or control these species if required.
How do you get rid of it?
- Hand pull roots up year around.
- Cut and paste stump with metsulfuron- methyl, triclopyr, Dicamba, or picloram.
CAUTION: When using any herbicide or pesticide, PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and directions for the purchase, use and storage of the product, are followed and adhered to.
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