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Passiflora lutea

Passiflora lutea

Botany Photo of the Day will have brief written entries on weekends, holidays and my vacations from April through September. – Daniel

Thank you again to David Smith for sharing a photograph of a Delaware native wildflower (original plus more photos via the BPotD Submissions forum).

Of the roughly five hundred species of passionflower, yellow passionflower is the northernmost-growing species. It is native to the eastern and south-central United States. Passiflora Online has a short, anecdotal factsheet.


I found this site a few months ago and have passed the details onto many friends. I so look forward each day to seeing the photo and i also have the pleasure of going back to the previous year and the year before that.

This photo is amazing - i cannot believe that I cannot touch it and feel the texture. Thank you so much for your hardwork in sharing these with the many of us who would not have the opportunity to see plants from all over the world.

I echo Cheryl; the plant seems vividly, almost tactilely present. I didn't know we had native passiflora in the U.S.. It reminds me of the few species of mostly tropical families that have followed the retreating glaciers north. The gorgeous orchids that glow in our northern bogs and cool woods, as well as maidenhair fern in our rich woods come to mind. It is very cool to stand in an archetypally Northern bog admiring an orchid whose relatives disport themselves in steamy jungles all over the world!

To echo both early risers above: I look forward every morning to see the pictures, too, and read the commentary, so THANK YOU DANIEL and all others! from me too.
A purple flowered passionflower also known as maypop is considered a weed here in Missouri. I think I will reserve a spot on my trellis for that weed though!

Passiflora, pas-se-flor-a; from L. passus, suffering, and flos, a flower, lit. the Flower of the Passion [Passion-Flower], the early Spanish R.C. priests in South America finding in the plants features they regarded as symbols of the Crucifixion. Thus the five stamens were the five wounds; the three stigmas, the three nails;, the style of the pistil, the flogging column; the corona, the crown of thorns or the halo of glory; the digitate or fingered leaves, the hands of the multitude; the coiled tendrils, the flogging cords; the five sepals and five petals, the ten disciples [Peter and Judas being omitted in the count]. Plant Names Simplified, Johnson and Smith.

Great comments and info. The regional/international interplay here is great. I knew there was a plant called 'Maypop' but I didn't know where or that it was a passiflora. And, yes, thanks as always to Daniel and the UBC Botanical Gardens! BPotD is a great idea beautifully carried out.

this such a great page and site
ijust have to come here in the morning time
so many interesting people and at times funny
follow the links for this one click on art
nice images then on to panteek you do not have to
buy and the history behind the prints are free to read thank you

I could write a story on this picture!
Does this species not look like it is some kind of alien transmitting device??

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