Passiflora foetida (PROSEA)

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Plant Resources of South-East Asia
List of species

Passiflora foetida L.

Family: Passifloraceae

Vernacular names

  • Stinking passion vine, wild water lemon (En)
  • Passiflore fétide (Fr)
  • Indonesia: cheplukan blungsun (Java), ermut, rajutan (Sundanese)
  • Malaysia: timun dendang, timun padang, timun hutan
  • Philippines: kurunggut (Bikol), masaflora (Ilokano), taungon (Bisaya)
  • Thailand: ka thok rok (central), kra prong thong (peninsular), thao sing to (Chai Nat)
  • Vietnam: lac tiên.


Probably originating from South America, now cultivated and often naturalized in most tropical countries, also in South-East Asia.


The ripe fruits are eaten raw. They are sweet and juicy. Unripe fruits are poisonous. Also used as hedge plant and as ground cover in agriculture.


  • Climbing herb, leaves usually 3-lobed, 4-5 cm long, foul-smelling when crushed.
  • Flowers 2.5-5 cm in diameter, whitish-purplish.
  • Fruit a subglobose berry, about 2 cm diameter, yellow to orange.

Often a common weed, up to 1500 m altitude.

Selected sources

  • Burkill, I.H., 1966. A dictionary of the economic products of the Malay Peninsula. 2nd ed. 2 Volumes. Ministry of Agriculture and Co-operatives, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 2444 pp.
  • Mansfeld, R. & Schultze Motel, J., 1986. Verzeichnis landwirtschaftlicher und gärtnerischer Kuturpflanzen. 2nd ed. 4 Volumes. Springer Verlag, Berlin. 1998 pp.
  • Martin, F.W. & Nakasone, H.Y., 1970. The edible species of Passiflora. Economic Botany 24: 333-343.
  • van Steenis, C.G.G.J. et al. (Editors), 1950-. Flora Malesiana. Series 1. Vol. 1, 4-10. Centre for Research and Development in Biology, Bogor, Indonesia, and Rijksherbarium, Leiden, the Netherlands. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, Boston, London.


P.C.M. Jansen, J. Jukema, L.P.A. Oyen, T.G. van Lingen