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Karen Benson Texas Master Naturalist

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Karen Benson is a columnist for the Bee-Picayune.

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  • A ripe Passiflora foetida fruit is still surrounded by its bracts; this one is bright red, but some fruits are yellow, or yellow flecked with red; the fruits are edible and considered quite tasty.
    A ripe Passiflora foetida fruit is still surrounded by its bracts; this one is bright red, but some fruits are yellow, or yellow flecked with red; the fruits are edible and considered quite tasty.
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  • The flowers and developing fruit of Passiflora foetida are protected by finely divided bracts; these bracts exude a sticky substance that traps insects; the substance also contains digestive enzymes.
    The flowers and developing fruit of Passiflora foetida are protected by finely divided bracts; these bracts exude a sticky substance that traps insects; the substance also contains digestive enzymes.
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  • A Gulf Fritillary caterpillar feeding on the leaves of a native South Texas passionflower vine.
    A Gulf Fritillary caterpillar feeding on the leaves of a native South Texas passionflower vine.
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