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Passion Flower

Passion Flower
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Copyright: Bridget Plowright (Norfolkgirl) (9)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-25
Categories: Flowers
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-09-27 7:52
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Points: 4
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Passiflora caerulea (Common Passion Flower)

Passiflora caerulea, the common passion flower is very popular & widespread in UK and the rest of Europe.

The Passiflora or 'Passion flower' (Flos passionis) acquired its name from descriptions of its flower parts supplied in the Seventeenth Century by Spanish priests in South America, known at that time as the 'New Spain'. It was known by the Spanish as "La Flor de las cinco Llagas" or the 'The Flower With The Five Wounds.' 'Passionis' refers to (Christ's) suffering. The parts were interpreted from drawings and dried plants by Giacomo Bosio, a churchman and historian, in Rome (1609), as representing various elements of the Crucifixion.

The five petals and five sepals are the ten disciples less Judas & Peter. The corona filaments are the crown of thorns. The five stamen with anthers match the five sacred wounds & the three stigma the nails. This symbolism is not universal however, in Japan it is sometimes known as 'The Clock-faced Plant' and apparently has recently been adopted as as symbol for homosexual Japanese youths.

I have a beautiful specimen growing in my garden and I look at the flowers every single day. I also eat the rippened fruit - nice with a spoon of icecream.

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You can also make a nice tea...

Hi Bridget

Wonderful picture of this passion flower, the colors are splendid, good lighting and sharpness, this flower is amazing, the colors are different from the others.
Well done

Bridget ,
Great capture this Passion flower.
Lovely colors and details.

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