Wild Florida Photo - Passiflora incarnata

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Passiflora incarnata

PURPLE PASSIONFLOWER

MAYPOP

Florida native

 

This distinctive flower is also known as MAYPOP, one of the more common native species in this family. A favorite larval food of the Gulf fritillary, julia and zebra butterflies, exotic and cultivated hybrid species of passionflowers can also be found in Florida.
Vines can be sprawling or climbing, utilizing tendrils to cling to supports. Leaves are alternate, three-lobed and finely toothed. The showy flowers have a blue-purple fringed corolla. There are five each similar-looking petals and sepals, with the petals having a bluish or lavender tint and the sepals being pale, sort of off-white. The sexual parts of a passionflower are distinctive and rise above the center of the corolla then spread and bend back down, scraping the top of visiting pollinators (see photo with bee).

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Passiflora incarnata is a member of the Passifloraceae - Passion-flower family.

Other species of the Passiflora genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
  View  Passiflora suberosa - CORKYSTEM PASSIONFLOWER
  View  Passiflora pallens - PINELAND PASSIONFLOWER
  View  Passiflora incarnata var. alba - WHITE PASSIONFLOWER