Bee~autiful Passion Flower by Kimberly Chadwick
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Taken in Tucson, AZ using a Canon Powershot SX10IS while walking through the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum

Information copied from the Wildflower Centers website

Passiflora incarnata L.
Purple passionflower, Purple passion vine, Maypop, Apricot vine
Passifloraceae (Passion-Flower Family)
USDA Symbol: pain6
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.

Purple passion-flower is an herbaceous vine, up to 25 ft. long, that climbs with axillary tendrils or sprawls along the ground. Intricate, 3 in., lavender flower are short-stalked from leaf axils. The petals and sepals subtend a fringe of wavy or crimped, hair-like segments. The pistil and stamens are also showy. Three-lobed, deciduous leaves are dark-green above and whitish below. The fruit is a large, orange-yellow berry with edible pulp. Like some other passion vines, Maypop spreads by root suckers.

This unusual flower is widely distributed in the Southeast, especially from Florida to Texas. The plants were given the name Passionflower or Passion vine because the floral parts were once said to represent aspects of the Christian crucifixion story, sometimes referred to as the Passion. The 10 petal-like parts represent Jesuss disciples, excluding Peter and Judas; the 5 stamens the wounds Jesus received; the knob-like stigmas the nails; the fringe the crown of thorns. The name Maypop comes from the hollow, yellow fruits that pop loudly when crushed. Yellow Passion Flower (P. lutea), a small yellow-flowered species, occurs from southeast Pennsylvania to Florida, west to Louisiana, and north to Missouri, Illinois, and West Virginia.

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Comments

  • KatsEye
    KatsEyeabout 4 years ago

    Just pure amazing. Excellent color, lighting and superb detail.

  • Hello Kat, what a great surprise seeing you darlin. I hope all is well with you. Thank you so much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • DragonflyDancer
    DragonflyDancerabout 4 years ago

    Fabulous macro image, Kimberly!!

  • Thank you Sabrina, I keep working at it!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Robert Elliott
    Robert Elliottabout 4 years ago

    fantastic!!

  • Means a lot Robert, thank you !

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Gabrielle  Lees
    Gabrielle Leesabout 4 years ago

    Awwh just beautiful Miss Kimberly! :)

    Gabe :)

  • Thank you my friend!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • snapdecisions
    snapdecisionsabout 4 years ago

    Love that Purple Kimberly , Lovely image !!!

  • Thank you so much my friend! I was drawn to it as well, not something we usually see here…lol

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • davvi
    davviabout 4 years ago

    the composition is great!

  • Thank you very much Davvi! I appreciate that~☺

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • bettyb
    bettybabout 4 years ago

    Passionfruit are magic and so many ways to photograph them

  • Thank you so much Betty for your visit! I appreciate that Ma’am~☺

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Bonnie Robert
    Bonnie Robertabout 4 years ago

    Great capture Kim you sure know how to use that camera!!

  • I have been trying to improve techniques and angles, so thank you for that y friend!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Emily Bagley
    Emily Bagleyabout 4 years ago

  • I am very honored by this recognition Emily, thank you !

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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