Cionosicyos macranthus (= Cayaponia m.)
Chinese Passion Fruit
This climbing vine in the pumpkin family is distributed from Mexico to Central America, where it grows in forests, along riverbanks and roadsides. It climbs to about 20 m and has deeply lobed leaves, creamy yellow flowers and yellow, edible, delicious fruits, about the size of a grapefruit and similar in flavor to a sweet, milky papaya. Despite its common name in Spanish (Maracuja Chino), which translates as Chinese passion fruit, Cionosicyos macranthus is not from China and does not resemble at all a passion fruit. It also makes a nice ornamental for tropical, humid climates.