Archana is an admirer of nature. She likes to see its wonderful creations: flora and fauna, mountains, sky and put her thoughts on paper.
Passionflower is a beautiful flora in the tropical world. It is one of the 550 species of flowering plants, and this genus is a part of the Passifloraceae family. This flower is widely known as Krishna kamal in Bengal, India.
They look so fascinating because of their tendril-bearing vines, with some shrubs. It produces regular showy flowers with some distinctive corona.
The majority of passion vines are found in South America and Mexico Central, apart from India. Some species are representing themselves in Oceania as well.
Passiflora Maintains Ecology
The structure of the flower is unique and fascinating, which you will not find to see regularly. However, if you are a botanical admirer and like to see and capture them, you can find them in botanical gardens. The Purple Passionflower comes in white, pink, and blue-colored crowns. Its structure is complex, with five sepals having blue filaments surrounding its five yellow-free stamens and purple stigmas.
However, Pollinators of the purple flower include carpenter bees, bumblebees, bats, wasps, and hummingbirds. Basically, Passionaria is home to almost every insect.
If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.
— Frances Hodgson Burnett
1. The Leaves of the Plant Are Used to Feed the Larvae
Additionally, the passion plant and its leaves are used as the milk bottle to feed the larvae, the Lepidoptera family. In general, they are the species targeted by many butterfly species of the tribe known as Helconiini. Fleur de la Passion’s diverse leaf shapes help the larvae disguise their identity. The colored nubs of the flower mimic butterfly eggs, which seem crowded. It contains chemical defenses and safeguards the lives of the species.
2. The Bracts of the Krishna Kamal Release Sticky Fluid
The bracts of Krishna Kamal are covered by hairs that release sticky fluid, and many bugs and tiny insects get stuck and digested to nutrient-rich goo by its acid phosphatase. However, the insects that are usually killed are pests.
3. Some Apricot Vines Are Endanger
Furthermore, some of the species are endangered because of unsustainable logging and other forms of habitat destruction. For instance, P.pinnatistipula is a rare vine, which grows in the Andes. It produces fruit, generally in group species such as banana passion flowers with their bright red to rose-colored and elongated tube petals.
Varieties of species of Maypop passionflower are cultivated outside their nature and produce fruit and flowers both. Hundreds of hybrids are giving the names for their flowers, fruit, and foliage. Such as:
- Violet passionflower
- P. x exoniensis
However, during the Victorian era, the flower gained popularity, and many hybrids were created using the blue passion flower, the winged-stem passionflower, and other tropical species.
Most species of the flower contain elongated or round fruit from two to eight inches long. The passion fruit is used in south Florida, the Caribbean, and South Africa. It is the source of juice in the countries. The flower produces a small pink fruit that turns from shiny yellow to orange color.
Some of the other widely grown species that produce passion fruit:
- Sweet granadilla found in Africa and Australia and called the granadilla.
- You can find Maypop in Pennsylvania, Boston, and Chicago. It is sweet, yellowish, and comes in egg size.
- Giant granadilla, water lemon, and sweet calabash are also Maypop species, famous for their fruit.
- P. foetida is the fruit of wild maracuja, which is popular in Southeast Asia.
- Banana passion fruits are the elongated fruits of P. tarminiana. These fruits are eaten by the local people.
Purple Passionflower Cures Diseases
- Maypop leaves and their roots have an impressive history of use as a traditional medicine in North America.
- The dried or fresh leaves of the flower are used to make tea.
- Also, the dried powder is used by the people as a dietary supplement.
- However, there is insufficient clinical proof for using the flower extract for medical treatment.
- Additionally, its leaves are often used as a food ingredient in the US.
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Religious Significant of Passiflora
In India, especially in Bengal, the flower is known as Krishna Kamal, and it holds religious significance in both Hinduism and Christianity.
While in Hinduism, Krishna Kamal’s every part symbolizes something. Its blue filaments represent a hundred sons of Dhritarashtra, the King of Kurukshetra (Haryana), known as Kauravas. The five yellow petals depict the Pandavas: five brothers, sons of King Pandu. Both Kauravas and Pandavas were cousins in the great epic Mahabharat, while three threads at the center depict the holy trinity: Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh.
However, the yellow stamens situated at the center portray Sudarshan chakra (a weapon of Krishna). He was the ultimate supporter of Pandavas.
In Christianity, the flower symbolizes the suffering of Christ while he was crucified. The corona of the flower looks similar to the crown of thorn worn by Jesus Christ.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Archana Das
Archana Das (author) from New Delhi, India on December 19, 2020:
Yes, I am writing my passion. Thank you for reading and liking it.
GreenMind Guides from USA on December 19, 2020:
Pretty sure there are more than "550 species of flowering plants." Otherwise pretty good article, based on data and science, that will likely attract readers. You are literally writing about your "passion" LOL.