I have attached a photo. I know the Nepali name for this fruit but not its common name in English and its scientific names. In Nepal we call it as 'lahare Aanp' (meaning Climber Mango). This fruit is a climber type like cucumber.

Does anybody know its common name in English and its scientific name?

Fruits to be identified


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This is a passionfruit. It comes from a plant whose scientific name is Passiflora edulis.

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It's indeed a climber, as you can see:

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Finally, a curiosity about the name passion fruit. The fruit is called passion fruit because the flower is called passion flower. This is the flower:

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But why it is called passion flower? Passion here has nothing to do with sexual love or desire, the common meaning of "passion", but with the suffering of Jesus.

Some say that it's because the flower resembles (?) the crown of thorns placed in Jesus' head. Other say that it symbolises Jesus' wounds. In fact, in portuguese we call it "flor das cinco chagas", or flower of the five wounds.

EDIT: thanks to @AlanBoyd's comment, you can see that its connections with Christianity are way more complex: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passiflora#Etymology_and_names

Post Scriptum (not related to the question): this plant is native to Brazil, and I had a couple of specimens in my yard. One of the most interesting things about passionfruits in Brazil is that it attracts an insect that we call "percevejo do maracujá", or passionfruit bug in a very free translation. Its scientific name is Diactor bilineatus, and it's one of the most beautiful insects to me. I loved to see them feeding on my passionfruits. This is the adult on a passionfruit (where you normally find them), and the nymph is even more colourful:

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  • $\begingroup$ +1 and confirmed here (if links to Google books actually persist). $\endgroup$
    – Alan Boyd
    Commented Aug 20, 2017 at 13:43
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    $\begingroup$ The Christian connections with the name are much more elaborate. $\endgroup$
    – Alan Boyd
    Commented Aug 20, 2017 at 13:59
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    $\begingroup$ In South Africa it's more commonly referred to as Grenadilla $\endgroup$
    – pufferfish
    Commented Aug 20, 2017 at 16:51
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    $\begingroup$ @pufferfish: Thank you! "Granadilla" is the word I've been looking for for a few years now. I forgot what we called it back in ZA. $\endgroup$
    – Cornstalks
    Commented Aug 20, 2017 at 19:34
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    $\begingroup$ The flaps on the hind legs of the insect are quite intriguing. $\endgroup$
    – Roni Saiba
    Commented Aug 21, 2017 at 6:50

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