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|Passiflora foetida (Common Names: wild maracuja, Bush Passion fruit, marya-marya, wild water lemon, stinking passionflower, love-in-a-mist or running pop) is a species of passion flower that is native to the southwestern United States (southern Texas and Arizona), Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and much of South America. It has been introduced to tropical regions around the world, such as Southeast Asia and Hawaii. It is a creeping vine like other members of the genus, and yields an edible fruit. The specific epithet, foetida, means "stinking" in Latin and refers to the strong aroma emitted by damaged foliage. |
Botanical name: Passiflora foetida
Family: Passifloraceae (passion flower family)
Love-in-a-mist is a creeping vine which has an edible fruit and leaves that have a mildly rank aroma. It is native to northern South America and the West Indies. The stems are thin, wiry and woody, covered with sticky yellow hairs. The leaves are three- to five-lobed and viscid-hairy. They give off an unpleasant odour when crushed. The flowers are white to pale cream coloured, about 5-6 cm diameter. The fruit is globose, 2-3 cm diameter, yellowish-orange to red when ripe, and has numerous black seeds embedded in the pulp; the fruit are eaten and the seeds dispersed by birds. P. foetida is able to trap insects on its bracts, which exude a sticky substance that also contains digestive enzymes. But it is as yet unknown whether the plant digests and gains nourishment from the trapped insects or if it merely uses the bracts as a defensive mechanism to protect its flowers and fruit. This is still an issue of debate and research among carnivorous plant enthusiasts.
Interesting information about name:
The "Passion" in "passion flower" refers to the passion of Jesus in Christian theology. In the 15th and 16th centuries, Spanish Christian missionaries adopted the unique physical structures of this plant, particularly the numbers of its various flower parts, as symbols of the last days of Jesus and especially his crucifixion.
•The pointed tips of the leaves were taken to represent the Holy Lance.
•The tendrils represent the whips used in the flagellation of Christ.
•The ten petals and sepals represent the ten faithful apostles (excluding St. Peter the denier and Judas Iscariot the betrayer).
•The flower's radial filaments, which can number more than a hundred and vary from flower to flower, represent the crown of thorns.
•The chalice-shaped ovary with its receptacle represents a hammer or the Holy Grail
•The 3 stigmas represent the 3 nails and the 5 anthers below them the 5 wounds (four by the nails and one by the lance).
•The blue and white colors of many species' flowers represent Heaven and Purity.
The flower has been given names related to this symbolism throughout Europe since that time.
Medicinal uses: This species can be helpful in treating digestive problems, including dyspepsia and diarrhea; or used as an astringent and expectorant for nervous conditions and spasms.
Common Indian name: Love-in-a-mist, Stinking passionflower • Hindi: झुमका लता Jhumka lata • Bengali: ঝুমকা লতা Jhumka lota • Manipuri: লম রাধিকানাচোম Lam Radhikanachom • Marathi: वेल घाणी Vel-ghani • Kannada: Kukkiballi • Malayalam: Chirranchantiya, Poochapalam • Tamil: Siruppunaikkali, Chiru punai-k-kali, Mupparisavalli • Telugu: Tellajumiki
Botanical name: Passiflora foetida Family: Passifloraceae (passion flower family)
Love-in-a-mist, I found this beautiful wild flower at Lalbandh area, Santiniketan in wild.
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A top quality image!!! One of the most interesting and lovely species of flowers I have ever seen. The details, focus and sharpness are splendid. Lovely contrast against the background. Fantastic details and clarity.
Thanks for sharing this beauty!
- [2013-06-10 7:36]
It's difficult to photograph this flower from a good angle. But you succeeded very well. Great sharpness, details and beautiful contrasting and clear colours. A beauty!
- [2013-06-10 8:04]
You have photographed this special flower in a very fine and beautiful way. Excellent point of view and beautiful green surrounding to give even more importance to the flower. I can see this species in our Botanical garden too. Well done!
great sharpness and good details of this passi flower
the colours are beautiful
thanks greeting lou
- [2013-06-10 9:34]
One of my favorite flower...beautiful capture with excellent depth and details. would love some more space around. tfs.
what a nice photo of this interesting flower. I saw something similar in Montenegro. Nice composition.
Thanks for sharing,
Hello Samiran Da,
I haven't seen this Jhumko Lata before.Excellent picture with perfect sharpness and light.Great capture.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards and respect,
Tomar comment-ta pore khub valo laglo.sekhar ichha aro bere galo.Valo theko.
GREAT photo Samiran! The composition, the lighting and the colours are excellent! The sharpness and the DOF are impressive!
Ciao Samiran, great macro of fantastic flower, fine details, wonderful colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
- [2013-06-10 15:34]
Hi Samiran,one of the most beautiful flowers of the world for me in a fantastic capture,what a perspective,what a exposure and what a top quality of details and colors,i like the position too in this soft and green bed! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
Superb depth of field giving an excellent image with very good detail and perfect focus.
Excellent exposure of the white.
Ciao Samiran. Stunning details/sharp for the handsome flower. Magnificent colours.
Beautiful composition of this plant/flower,
with a fine POV to show its beautiful petals,
great DOF, excellent focus, sharpness, details, TFS
- [2013-06-15 15:05]
Show de bola uma magnifica foto cores e nitidez belíssima parabéns.