Passion flower


This is the very decorative flower of the passion fruit (Passiflora incarnata, maracujá). It grows wild (native) here in the Pantanal and right now is the fruiting season.

"Passion" does not refer to love, but to the Passion of Christ on the cross. In the 15th and 16th centuries, Spanish Christian missionaries discovered this flower and adopted its unique physical structures as symbols of Crucifixion.

Flowers and fruits are used to effectively treat insomnia because it contains specific alkaloids.