Saturday, December 30, 2006

Wild Passion Fruit Flower

Before actually visiting the Amazon forest, many people visualize an environment full of flashy-colored flowers. To their surprise they see green, green, green and more green. Obviously all the trees and plants bloom but the flowers are found mostly up in the tree tops, way out of sight. One exception is the wild passion fruit flower (Passiflora) , which can be seen from far away. I filmed this flower and bud at a very comfortable position of about one meter from the ground. I thought it is the P. coccinea species of wild passion fruit but recently a specialist in the area concluded that it is P. glandulosa.

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