Flower (Passiflora sp.)
The passion flower is one
of the most elaborate of all flowers found in the rainforest. It has rings
of nectar producing parts found in no other types of flowers. They are
the maroon and white stuff in the center of the flowers.
The passion flower gets its
name from its appearance rather than it actually causing passion. The
reproductive parts of the flower (the yellow anthers and red stigma) resemble
the crown of thorns that Jesus wore during the "passion," his sufferings
Passion-flower plants are
vines. Many of the vines are found in the forest canopy and send their
flowers down on long stems so that they can be in the understory where
their pollinators live.