Passion Flower (Passiflora sp.)

The passion flower is one of the most elaborate of all flowers found in the rain forest. 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 before crucifixion.

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.