Purple Passion Flower - Maypop
Passiflora incarnata - Linnaeus
Passifloraceae (Passion Flower) Family

The plant is a climbing, hairy vine that becomes woody with age. Its preferred habitat is roadsides, fence rows, fields, woodland edges and waste sites. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

The leaves are alternate on the vine. The stalked leaves are deeply palm-like with three lobes or occasionally five. Leaf margins are toothed.

Flowers are in the leaf axil; solitary; bisexual in nature and symmetrical in form. There will be five sepals (modified petals) that are white above, and five petals that are blue to pale purple. The corona segments are numerous and lavender in color or white with purple bands. The five stamens are elevated above the petals. Flowers occur in the spring and summer.

Fruit is a berry.

The plant name refers to the resemblance on the floral parts to the crucifixion story. The 10 petals represent the disciples, excluding Peter and Judas; the five stamens represent the wounds Jesus received; the three stigmas represent the nails, and the fringe represents the crown of thorns.

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