Passiflora

I found this beautiful flower while out walking in the neighborhood.

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I’m not sure if it’s Blue Passion Flower (Passiflora Caerulea) because it lacks blue coronal filaments, or Constance Elliott since it’s filaments are not pure white but half-white and half purple.

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The flower was also fragrant. Interestingly, while I was researching about this plant, I found out that its name, passion flower was in reference to the passion of Jesus. That is,

* the pointed tips of the leaves were taken to represent the Holy Lance
* the tendrils represent the whips used in flagellation of Christ
* the 10 petals and sepals represent the 10 faithful apostles (they excluded St. Peter who denied Jesus and Judas who betrayed him)
* the radial filaments represent the crown of thorns
* the chalice-shaped ovary with its receptacle represents a hammer or the Holy Grail
* the 3 stigmas represent the 3 nails and the 5 anthers below them the 5 wounds

No wonder it’s also called Jesus flower.

Here’s a closer shot.

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Pardon the photo quality since I used just an iPod Touch to take these photos.

For further reading about Passiflora, click HERE.

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