Image © 2007 Anne Norman
geographical location: Near Alausi, Chimborazo, Ecuador, South America
Passiflora manicata. Many thanks to Anne Norman & her husband for their kindness in supplying these images of P. manicata growing in the wild in Ecuador. They were on this tour. CIAT suggest that P. manicata fruit may be hallucinogenic and it is known in Ecuador as 'diablito' because of its hallucinogenic properties
'The plant was found in Ecuador on the day we travelled on the Devils Nose Railway - it derailed so many times that we got off at Alausi and travelled through the mountains by bus - this was upset by a tyre puncture on a remote roadway about an hour outside of Alausi.'
I think that we can often be surprised by the mismatch between the conditions we think particular Passiflora grow in and what they actually grow in. In this case P. manicata (Clone 1) is growing in a very exposed location at about 10 000 feet.
Dr. Peter Møller Jørgensen comments:-
''P. manicata grows typically in the interandean dry valleys, these areas have almost all been completely converted to agriculture but it does well in hedges and roadsides''
It will be interesting to hardiness test it in this country as I have previously grown Clone 2 from seed and it died at 0°C 32°F. This should be hardier and some records suggest that P. manicata could cope with -4°C 40°F or lower.