Bat-wing passion flower

Passiflora apetala

Bat-wing passion flower

Bat-wing passion flower

Legal Status: Unwanted Organism - BNZ
Status in New Zealand: Established
Organism: Land plants


The bat-wing passion flower is a shade tolerant vine that has distinctive bat wing shaped leaves that may have a pale green stripe along the midrib. It has small yellow/light green coloured flowers (7-12 mm diameter) and produces small black berries the size of a small grape (7-15 mm diameter). The berries are inedible and non-toxic to humans but are very attractive to birds.


Bat-wing passion flower is very invasive, with the ability to smother, shade and strangle the vegetation it grows on. This vine can produce a lot of fruit and many hundreds of seedlings have been found under some plants.

What to do?

Contact your regional council to determine the status of this species and responsibility for control and/or advice on control.

Page last updated: 25 June 2012

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