Passion flower

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Passion flower

The passion flower has many layers of unique colors and shapes. Looking at the flower from the top, the bottom layer is made up of five spaced-out white petals with bright green outlining some of the edges. The petals are a curvy, long triangle shape. On top of that is another layer of same-shaped petals that are a pinkish-purple or magenta all over, but the color is more concentrated toward the center. The backs of these petals and a slight rim around the edges are white. These purple petals are spaced out the same way but rotated so that they take up the spaces left open by the bottom layer of petals. (Note: In some passion flowers, all ten petals are the same color: white, green, pink, etc.)

The third layer contrasts sharply with the petals underneath, as it is a ring of thin, needle-like filaments that are a little over half the length of the petals below. These needle-like petals are close enough together to resemble long blades of grass but far enough apart on the upper ends to reveal the ten petals underneath. They fade into different rings of colors as they fan out. In this picture, the petals go from black to magenta to blue violet to lavender at the tips.

The reproductive parts of the flower lie in the very center. Five thicker filaments that resemble a yellow starfish with red dots connect to the yellow anthers, one on the end of each filament. These anthers are rounded rectangle shapes and are attached perpendicularly to the filaments. In the center of the starfish shape is the ovary, a light green ball with three slender stigmas of the same color sticking out from its center. At the end of each stigma, the stick shape grows wider until it reaches the end with two connected circles.

With its variety in color and shapes, the passion flower is truly one of the most striking and beautiful flowers.