Passiflora Alata - Ruby Star - Ouvaca - Fragrant Granadilla - Winged-stem Passion Flower
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In out-of-the-way places of the heart,
Where your thoughts never think to wander,
This beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.
For a long time it has watched your desire,
Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,
Noticing how you willed yourself on,
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.
It watched you play with the seduction of safety
And the gray promises that sameness whispered,
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,
Wondered would you always live like this.
Then the delight, when your courage kindled,
And out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream,
A path of plenitude opening before you.
Though your destination is not yet clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at one with your life's desire.
Awaken your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm,
For your soul senses the world that awaits you - John O'Donohue
Passiflora alata - Ruby Star - Ouvaca - Ruby Glow - Fragrant Granadilla - Winged-Stem Passion Flower
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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.
Brazil - Amazon Region - 0-1,500 m altitude
Species: P. alata
Photographed upcountry in Kula on Maui
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Kula Maui Hawaii
November 22nd, 2013
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