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Fruits
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Photographer: John MacDougal

Morphology: Arils of Passiflora sicyoides

Passiflora has berries while the other genera mostly have capsules. Seeds have a sculptured seedcoat and are surrounded by a juicy aril. Bird-dispersed passionfruits often are purplish with little odor, while mammal-dispersed species often are yellowish with an intense fruity aroma. Subgenus Decaloba usually has small purple or black berries. The colorful arils of Passiflora sicyoides suggests dispersal by birds.

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