Researchers turn up new passion flower species here

Three researchers have added a new Costa Rican species to the Passiflora genus.  The plant,  Passiflora chimuensis, comes from the Chimú mountain in the Talamancas.

In the world’s tropics there are about 500 species of passion flower, including the plant that produces the maracujá fruit. Some 53 species are found in Costa Rica, and five of these, like chimuensis are native.The new species is described in the Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas.

The discovery came from a survey as part of the Limón Ciudad Puerto project, which seeks to catalog all the biological resources of the province.

This is a blossom of  Passiflora chimuensis

This is a blossom of Passiflora chimuensis

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