is it found?
This plant can be found in the inner cities of Arizona, New Mexico, and
What does it look like?
Passion flowers have large purple
and white flowers, yellow fruit, and are usually unpleasant smelling (Delena,
1999). They are vines that have palmate
leaves, and have five sepals and petals on their flowers. “There is a
distinctive fringe of petal-like hairs that emerge from the calyx and is
the most distinguishing flower part” (Moore, 1988, pg.83).
are the medical uses?
Passion flower has been known to treat anxiety,
convulsions, epilepsy, and high blood pressure. It works by slowing
the pulse, decreasing arterial tension, and quieting respiration and
pulmonary blood pressure (Moore, 1988).
chemical are in it?
Passion flower was found to contain Harman,
Harmol, Harmalol, Harmine,
Harmaline, 5-Hydroxytryptamine, and Flavanoids.
It also contains some diuretics which include Apigenin, Kaempferol,
and Luteolin. The plant also has some antihypertensive
chemicals, which include Quercetin and Rutin.