Passionflower

One of the truly bizarre flower species that grows native to my home area, passionflowers are a strange sight to behold. Their exotic appearance certainly made me doubt their native status in my younger days. While researching this genus, I discovered that Spanish missionaries used the various parts of the flower (the arrangement of the sepals and petals, the wavy filaments, the number and shape of the anthers, stigma, etc) to teach the native Americans about the crucifixion (often referred to as the Passion of the Christ), which is how the flowers got their name. Wacky stuff!

 

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