There's this mysterious vine growing at my wife's grandfather's home that I can't identify. Its tall enough to have climbed up the fence and made its way over. I've included various images taken of the plant. The fruit is like a reddish purple fig/guava looking thing. When I cut it open there's no real scent on it, at least nothing that's pleasing and desirable for triggering an eating reflex.

What could this strange vine be?

fruit and vine with leaves

closeup of fruit on vine

another closeup of fruit on vine

showing what look like immature buds

detailing vine/branch structure

showing closeup of fruit cut open

  • Could it be passiflora edulis, or her cousin?
    – VividD
    Dec 14, 2017 at 9:00
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    Looks like purple figs, however the form of the leafs don't match.
    – benn
    Dec 14, 2017 at 9:37
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    It may be a strangler fig or shortleaf fig, does you grandpa in law live in Florida?
    – benn
    Dec 14, 2017 at 13:21
  • looks like some sort of fig Dec 14, 2017 at 14:32
  • agree - looks like some sort of fig.
    – That Idiot
    Dec 14, 2017 at 19:49

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Got some feedback, my wife's aunt claims its a fig vine, which online comes up as creeping fig vine. Check out this page linked below, I believe the fruit they image matches up pretty closely.

Ficus pumila Facts: Growing the Creeping Fig Vine.

The image they link looks like a decent match, but when you search more broadly online for creeping fig vine fruit the bulk of the images seem like a different variety so I'm not 100% on this identification.

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