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Passiflora Alata - Passion Flower - Ruby Star - Ouvaca

Sharon Mau

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Columbus, OH - United States

Gorgeous, Sharon! Love your pov, color and lovely!...fav/L44

Maui, HI - United States

. . ★ . . thank you so much Andrea . Aloha . . ★ . .

Chagrin Falls, OH - United States

What a remarkable flower! A beautiful image. v/f

Melbourne, Vi - Australia

Very beautiful artwork!

Sharon Mau replied:

. . ★ . . thank you so much Zeana . it is a photograph . . ★ . .

Hicksville, NY - United States

Gorgeous! F&V!

Sharon Mau replied:

. . ★ . . thank you Jeff . . ★ . . .

Maui, Ha - United States

╰⊰✿ . . thank you Donna . . ♥ . . ✿⊱╮. .

Reno, NV - United States

Gorgeous shot and pov Sharon! v/f

Maui, Ha - United States

.╰⊰✿ . . thank you Shelley . . . . ♥ . . ✿⊱╮. .

Wellington County, ON - Canada

Beautifully composed Sharon. V&F

Maui, Ha - United States

╰⊰✿ . . mahalo . . ♥ . . ✿⊱╮. . .

Burnaby, BC - Canada

Beautiful clarity! v

Abbotsford, BC - Canada

What a stunning creation of Mother Nature, Sharon! Love it!v

Sharon Mau replied:

. ╰⊰✿ . thank you so much Eti . it is one of my personal favourites . so happy you like it . . ♥ . . ✿⊱╮ . .

Reno, NV - United States

Beautiful colors on this exquisite flower! vtd

Sharon Mau replied:

╰⊰✿ . thank you so much Donna . I can tell you when I first saw this bloom it was so large and so beautiful it was breathtaking . Aloha . . ♥ . . ✿⊱╮. .

Bay Area, CA - United States

Beautifully captured, Sharon! I have a Passiflora alata in my garden, but it refuses to grow much or bloom for of these years, perhaps.

Sharon Mau replied:

╰⊰✿ . interesting what you say . I hope it blooms for your soon . the passion flowers are truly amazing . . and the fruit is delicious . I love Lilikoi fruit . the red kind which is more sweet as well as the yellow which is very tart . . mahalo Priya . . ♥ . . ✿⊱╮. .

Sandy, UT - United States

Wow!! Your capture of this passion flower is flawless and so very beautiful!!!

Sharon Mau replied:

.╰⊰✿ . thank you so much Carolyn . the blossoms are so large they are amazing . . ♥ . . ✿⊱╮. .

Burnham-on-Crouch, Es - United Kingdom

Sharon, a really outstanding Passion Flower photograph.

Sharon Mau replied:

.╰⊰✿ . . thank you Terence . . ♥ . . ✿⊱╮. . .

Santa Maria, CA - United States

Beautiful flower and a wonderful image, Sharon! v/fav

Sharon Mau replied:

. .╰⊰✿ . it is always lovely to hear from you Caitlyn . mahalo . . ♥ . . ✿⊱╮. .

Lake Worth, FL - United States

Love the detail in this macro Sharon! We Voted! Celebrate life, Debra and Dave

Sharon Mau replied:

. .╰⊰✿ . good morning . thank you so much . . ♥ . . ✿⊱╮. .

W. Melbourne, FL - United States

Wow, nice work. Love those colors!

Sharon Mau replied:

.╰⊰✿ . . thank you Kay . these flowers are large and truly amazing . . ♥ . . ✿⊱╮. .

Maui, Ha - United States

. . . . ╰⊰✿ . . *`*•.Έ☆ ☆Έ.•*΄* . . Featured: :: Macro :: . . *`*•.Έ☆ ☆Έ.•*΄* . . ✿⊱╮. . .

Cupertino, CA - United States

Sharon, this is a most unusual flower and I love how you captured it! :)

Sharon Mau replied:

╰⊰✿ . . mahalo a nui . thank you so much Kathy . . ♥ . . ✿⊱╮

Canton, MI - United States

Gorgeous, don't think i've ever seen one before, thank you :)

Sharon Mau replied:

. ╰⊰✿ . 'ae . the first time I saw the Passiflora alata I was dazzled . . and then too the light was so perfect on this day . this image was shot in RAW with very little post-processing so the light and colours are natural . the background is natural as well so I was very pleased with the complimentary colours . . so happy you enjoy this . Aloha Alga . . . ♥ . . ✿⊱╮ . .

Koloa, HI - United States

Fantastic Sharon!! What a rare view of the beautiful flower!! I am in AWE!!

Sharon Mau replied:

╰⊰✿ . . wish you could have seen how large this bloom was . . if you hold your hand with your fingers outstretched it was larger than that . . such a gorgeous exotic flower . the thick woody vine was coiled about and intertwined throughout the canopy of a large tree in the botanical garden with these lovely enormous blossoms cascading from the branches within the shade of the canopy . . they are so amazing . . . ♥ . . ✿⊱╮. .

Male - Maldives

Amazing close up, Sharon! Love the crispness, colors and all the floral details! Merry Xmas and Happy New Year to you with all the best wishes!

Sharon Mau replied:

. ╰⊰✿ . . thank you so much Jenny . wishing you every happiness . . ♥ . . ✿⊱╮. .

Encampment, WY - United States

Phenomenal! What majesty and excitement! A dazzling display of nature's wonder. v/f

Sharon Mau replied:

. . ╰⊰✿ . • love your kind words Dawn . thank you • . ✿⊱╮ . . . .

Wellington County, ON - Canada

Wow, you have done an amazing job capturing an explosion of color and fine detail Sharon. Voted & Favorite.

Sharon Mau replied:

. . ╰⊰✿ . • thank you Shelley . . it is a gorgeous bloom and always a delight to see one • . ✿⊱╮ . . . .

Tokyo - Japan

Great macro flower shot!

Sharon Mau replied:

. . ╰⊰✿ . • thank you so much Dina • . ✿⊱╮ . . . .

Luray, VA - United States

Gorgeous passion flower, I love the angle you chose for this one! Vote, fav & tweet :)

Sharon Mau replied:

. . ╰⊰✿ . • mahalo for promoting my work Lara . . I appreciate it very much • . ✿⊱╮ . . . .

Exeter - United Kingdom

I love this Passion Flower, it always reminds my of a jelly fish ... a very beautiful jelly fish :-) Hope the cutting grows in your garden, wonderful shot Sharon.

Sharon Mau replied:

. . oh I know . . they are so amazing . . 'ae . and the cutting did not take root . . but thank you so much for your kind wishes Jan :))

Azuga, PH - Romania


Sharon Mau replied:

. thank you Sorin :)

Tavares, FL - United States


Sharon Mau replied:

. thank you Christy :)

Galt, Il - United States

Awesome macro, Sharon. I love the colors and detail.

Sharon Mau replied:

. thank you :)

Brookeville, MD - United States

Oh my goodness ... what an unusual guy he is!!!! Excellent capture, Sharon!!!!! Love the angle!!!!

Sharon Mau replied:

. thank you so much :)

Sydney, Ne - Australia

Sharon, this is an amazing capture of this unusual beauty with such pretty colors.

Sharon Mau replied:

╰⊰✿ . •.Έ☆ ☆Έ.• they are so large and the colours are so unusual they look unreal . . so happy you like it . thank you Kaye •.Έ☆ ☆Έ.• . ✿⊱╮

Woodstock, GA - United States

Gorgeous macro!

Sharon Mau replied:

╰⊰✿ . •.Έ☆ ☆Έ.• thank you so much Katherine •.Έ☆ ☆Έ.• . ✿⊱╮

Raleigh, NC - United States

What a great photo!! I've never seen a flower like that before! Just amazing colors and uniqueness!!! You captured it beautifully!

Sharon Mau replied:

╰⊰✿ . •.Έ☆ ☆Έ.• I have seen them before on Maui only once in a garden in Haliimaile . but they were not as large as this beauty growing in a botanical garden upcountry in Kula . . the vine was cascading sheltered in the shade of the branches of a tree and I was upon it when I saw this enormous bloom . . as large as my outstretched hand . . it was so beautiful it was breathtaking . . delighted you enjoy it Eve . . Aloha •.Έ☆ ☆Έ.• . ✿⊱╮

Maui, Ha - United States

. thank you John for the feature in Creativity :))

Ottawa, ON - Canada

Beautiful Sharon! ~

Sharon Mau replied:

. thank you Nina :))

Maui, Ha - United States

Featured: . . :: Dimensions :: . . 12 August 2012 . . . .

Calgary, AB - Canada

Delicate, splendid, gorgeous are in Paradise, my dear friend, enjoy!

Sharon Mau replied:

. thank you Evelina . . it was such a bright and very warm day . . I had to work hard to coax a macro of this beautiful exotic flower in the harsh sunlight . . I am so pleased that it turned out as well as it did and delighted that you enjoy it . thank you for your visit and kind note . . it is always lovely to hear from you :))

Fort Wayne, IN - United States

Most outstanding, Sharon! xo

Sharon Mau replied:

. thank you Gale :))


Gorgeous colorful beauty of flower..+f/v

Sharon Mau replied:

. thank you Basant :)

Jabalpur, Ma - India

Beautiful work my friend, love it

Sharon Mau replied:

. thank you Neeraj :))

San Bernardino, CA - United States

Very nice

Sharon Mau replied:

. thank you Michael :)

Bucharest, Ro - Romania

I've never seen a marvel like this. You have such a fine eye, Sharon and you photographed this splendidly unique flower so well. Love it. Thank you for sharing. f,v

Sharon Mau replied:

. you are so sweet . . thank you Ana :))

Peρaflor - Chile

CONGRATULATIONS!! Featured on Female Artists - Creative Women!!! Great artwork!

Sharon Mau replied:

. thank you for the feature Madalena . I appreciate your kindness very much . . Aloha :))

Fort Wayne, IN - United States

super gorgeous shot!

Sharon Mau replied:

. thank you Gale . . you are very kind to comment twice . I am delighted you enjoy it :)

Snoqualmie, WA - United States

Very nice display of colors! The shape reminds me of tentacles!

Sharon Mau replied:

. thank you Dan . I can tell you . . when I discovered this beauty in the garden I was amazed . . it is the first I have seen of this type Lilikoi . . it is large and quite spectacular . . such an exotic flower and I am so fortunate to have a small cutting of this vine I am trying to start in my garden . . hope it takes root . I would love to see it growing all over my lanai . that would be amazing :))

Stalowa Wola, po - Poland

Fantastic capture.. Beautiful Image! F / V

Sharon Mau replied:

. thank you so much Andrzej . I appreciate your vote and well as your kind comment :))

Cherokee Village, AR - United States


Sharon Mau replied:

. thank you Rick :)

South Lake Tahoe, CA - United States

Very cool flower and you captured it so well ! v/f

Sharon Mau replied:

. thank you Mitch :)

Winnipeg, MB - Canada

Wow, this is spectacular hon. Terrific macro. faved and voted.

Sharon Mau replied:

. thank you Tenia ♥

Maui, Ha - United States

. . when I discovered this beauty today in Kula hanging like a pendulum in the shade of the canopy of a tree while exploring and wandering about in a botanical garden upcountry it was such a rare and delightful surprise . . the bloom is as large as my outstretched hand . . it is so beautiful . . Aloha . . ♥ . .

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Passiflora Alata - Passion Flower - Ruby Star - Ouvaca


Sharon Mau


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Passiflora alata or Winged-Stem Passion flower produces beautiful large flowers and edible fruit. It is similar to Passiflora quadrangularis.
The blossoms are dazzling . . It produces highly fragrant flowers from 7 to 10 cm in diameter, the petals a lovely raspberry red and sepals purple and white, the filaments are red, white and purple.
The fruits are oval, yellow to bright orange colour, 8 to 15 cm long and 5 to 10 cm wide. The flesh is light orange, slightly acidic and very tasty. They are widely consumed in Brazil.

Passiflora alata, the winged-stem passion flower, is a vine which bears an edible type of passion fruit. It is native to the Amazon region of Brazil. The native peoples living in areas where the plant thrives refer to it as "ouvaca," meaning "red star" due to the appearance of its flower. The fruit it bears is also highly prized by locals and is said to be delectable. The leaves are oval or oblong, 10–15 cm long and 1-10 wide. The 7–10 cm (2.8-3.9 in.) wide flower is fragrant. It usually blooms around late summer or early fall, needing full sun exposure. P. alata attracts bees, butterflies and birds, and is suitable for growing indoors. The fruit is an egg shape, yellow to bright orange, 8–15 cm (3.1-5.9 in) long and 5–10 cm (2-3.9 in) in diameter. It weighs from about 90 up to 300 g. This fruit is cultivated in some parts of Brazil and is a highly prized fruit there, because of the few blossoms borne on the plant.

Common names:
Ruby Star - Ouvaca, Ruby Glow, Fragrant Granadilla, Passionflower, Winged-Stem Passion Flower, Wingstem Passion Flower, Wingstem Passionflower

Brazil - Amazon Region - 0-1,500 m altitude
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Passifloraceae
Genus: Passiflora
Species: P. alata
Binomial name
Passiflora alata

Photographed upcountry in Kula on Maui
From my collection: Tropical Flowers of Hawaii
Kula Maui Hawaii
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