Passifloraceae

Passifloraceae

Passiflora from the Latin passio passion and flos flower; a symbol of Christ’s passion, symbolises the elements of the Crucifixion. Chiefly climbers with tendrils which are modified axillary buds; leaves alternate, simple or compound, extra-floral nectaries common on the petiole. Flowers usually 5-merous, receptacle forms a rim above the petals and bears the corona (formed from staminodes). Carpels usually 3, ovary borne on a gynophore, unilocular with 3 style; fruit a capsule or berry.