Passiflora macrocarpa Mast.
Passiflora quadrangularis var. variegata
Family: Passifloraceae - Passion-flower family
Growth Habit: Vine
Bangla/Vernacular Name: Elachi lau, Lat Begun.
Tribal Name: Misri fal (Chakma).
English Name: Giant granadilla.
A fast growing herbaceous climbing vine but woody at the base. Stems are quadrangular in shape. The alternate leaves are broad-ovate or oblong-ovate, rounded or cordate at the base. Flowers scented purple and white below, blue in the middle, and pinkish-blue above, around the typical complex of pistil, style and stigmas. Fruit oblong obovoid.
The unripe, green fruit is eaten as a vegetable and some times used as salad(Chakma).
Cultivated occasionally in Chittagong, Chittagong Hill Tracts and Cox's Bazar.
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