November 17th – Scarlet Passion Flower

Scarlet Passion Flower (Passiflora coccinea)

Some of you may recognise the stamen from this striking flower from a post earlier in the year. Today there were several of these flowers absorbing the full sun.

Nowadays I am better geared to identify and name these finds (thanks Google), though there’s still some confusion over whether this is the Scarlet Passion flower (Passiflora coccinea), or the Red Passion Flower (Passiflora miniata).

Frankly the images I’m finding are almost identical, but the NSW PlantNet website advises that these flowers were previously incorrectly known as the Passiflora Coccinea (Scarlet).

While the Scarlet/Red Passion flower originates in the Amazon, it looks perfectly happy sitting atop the brick fence soaking up the mid-November sun in suburban Sydney, but is better suited to the climate north of Coffs Harbour, and may even have been established in Queensland.

One source notes that with the petals pinned back, it is displaying in full sun to announce it’s ready for pollination. The reproductive organs are the most prominent, as is characteristic with passionfruit flowers.

Usually this behaviour is better expressed in bars and nightclubs.

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