This climbing plant is showing its attractive blooms in the Tropical Wetlands House.
A native of Guaina, Passiflora cirrhiflora is one of over 400 species of climbers occurring in tropical North, Central and South America, and tropical Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. The majority of species have alternate, simple or lobed leaves, and the flowers have a central ovary and stamens encircled by one or more rings of fleshy filaments sitting above five to ten flat or reflexed tepals. In this species the flowers develop from the tendrils, rather than the leaf axils, and the rich yellow tepals reflex to hang down beneath the golden, zig-zagging filaments. Considered challenging in cultivation P. cirrhiflora requires high temperatures and high humidity, hence it enjoying the conditions in this house.