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The curvaceous, undulating world of a Purple Passion Vine flower | by jungle mama
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The curvaceous, undulating world of a Purple Passion Vine flower

I am passionately in love with Passion Flowers! The red ones are astounding. But this purple one, highlighted by the morning sun, called out to me and my lens. Vibrating, radiant. Curvaceous!

 

Notice the changes in color on the purple linear petals... from dark purple inside to white and deep blue. And the way you can see through them to the pink purple petals below!

 

The shape of the stamens is other-worldly! Purple, white and green spots cover these creature-like stamens. Yellow-green pollen hangs ready for attracted visiting bees.

 

The Jesuit priests who saw natives of the New World eating Passion fruit took it as a sign that they were hungry for Christianity. In the red species, the color symbolized the blood shed on the cross, the 5 stamens the wounds, the 3 styles the 3 nails, the vine tendrils the ropes and scourges, the 3 secondary leaf bracts the Holy Trinity.

 

In the blue/purple species, white symbolized the purity and blue, the heaven above. The flower is usually open for 3 days representing the 3 years of Christ's ministry on Earth.

 

Purple Passion, Passiflora, Passiflora violacea

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami, FL

www.susanfordcollins.com

See my set, Passionate Passion Vines.

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Taken on June 3, 2011