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Passiflora ciliata Dryand

Weakly woody liana with axillary tendrils; leaves alternate, simple, deeply 3-lobed, margin coarsely ciliate, otherwise essentially glabrous; flowers axillary, subtended by 3 bracts, these highly divided into thread-like glandular segments; fruit red, fleshy.

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According to Standley (1930), the plant has narcotic and sedative effects, inducing restful sleep. Hence, it has been used to treat convulsions, "hysteria," and insomnia.

The very similar Passiflora foetida, has densely pubescent leaves without marginal cilia.