PASSIFLORACEAE - Passion Flower Family

Herbaceous or woody vines, climbing by tendrils

Leaves alternate, entire or lobed

Flowers bisexual, actinomorphic in a variety of infls., corona present and borne on hypanthium - consists of one or more rows of filaments or scales

Styles with a capitate, clavate, or discoid stigma

Filaments connate into a tube around ovary, anthers versatile

16 genera, 400 species, largest genus is Passiflora

Economic uses: ornamentals, sweeteners, tranquilizer, some are edible but others produce cyanide

Diagnostic characteristics: vine, corona