Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Passion Flower, Passiflora incarnata
This flowering vine occurs in the Southeastern United States and is commonly called Passion flower or may pop. The flower, fruit and vine are all useful to a variety of wildlife species. Insects such as the Gulf Fritillary and zebra longwing use it as a host plant for their larva. Native Americans used the fruit as a treat and leaves to make a herbal tea.
I think the flower is delicate looking. I read that the flower is specifically adapted to allow only certain bees to pollinate it. It's interesting to learn about the intricate workings in nature.
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