Monday, December 6, 2010

Wanted: Passiflora incarnata

Aline Waguespack, a Duke University graduate student, is interested in studying the defenses of Florida native Passiflora incarnata (Passionvine or Maypop) and would like to collect individuals from across Florida.

The plant grows in disturbed areas (roadsides, forest edges and abandoned fields) throughout the state, and is recognizable by its distinctive purple flowers.   

Any tips on specific locations where she can find the plant would be appreciated. "I'm interested in wild plants, not those planted in gardens - even if your garden is a great native wildflower garden."  Sampling would involve taking a few plant clippings to root and collecting insects associated with the plant.  If you've sighted the wild plant, please Aline at amw42@duke.edu.

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