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True Passionflower

Passiflora incarnata

Description:

The stems can be smooth or pubescent; they are long and trailing, possessing many tendrils. Leaves are alternate and palmately 3-lobed and occasionally 5-lobed, measuring 6–15 centimetres (2.4–5.9 in). They have two characteristic glands at the base of the blade on the petiole. Flowers have five bluish-white petals. They exhibit a white and purple corona, a structure of fine appendages between the petals and stamens. The large flower is typically arranged in a ring above the petals and sepals. They are pollinated by insects such as bumblebees and carpenter bees, and are self-sterile. The flower normally blooms in July.

Habitat:

One of the hardiest species of passionflower, it is a common wildflower in the southern United States.

Notes:

Growing next to a tree in my friends yard.

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Jake Barnes
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Jake Barnes

Prairie View, Texas, USA

Spotted on Mar 30, 2012
Submitted on Mar 30, 2012

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