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Numinbah Valley 15: Scarlet Passiflora [Passiflora coccinea]

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Ian Stehbens on January 31, 2010

Dear Peter and Greetje;

Passiflora originate in South America but were established in Australia very early in our settler history. So much so that Passiflora was introduced to many other countries from Australia. I can't tell you any details about the history of this species in Australia, Peter. The local tourist cafe has some of this growing in its rainforest garden. The other foliage which I chose to include in the photo belongs to the lawyer cane (left) while the brown foliage bottom has fallen from the hoop pine (Araucaria cunninghamii) above.

I am delighted, of course, that you both regard the image highly. It does deserve to be enlarged, for then the black and white structures at the centre along with the busy ants stand out.

Thanks dear friends.


rlzzza on February 3, 2010

Exotic! it..

Cheers, Raz

Ian Stehbens on February 3, 2010

Cheers Raz! Surely this passiflora has been introduced to Malaysia, for it would love Malaysia and Malaysians would love its glorious colour.


ƤōƝƓ on February 3, 2010

Exotic wild flower! I usually thought Queensland has only the Great Barrier Reef and that's it. I think its inland nature is equally interesting.

Ian Stehbens on February 3, 2010

I appreciate your remark and perception, Ah-Pong.

Queensland is the No 1. destination for domestic tourism in Australia, and No 2, after Sydney for international tourism. The beaches of southern Queensland are especially appealing and made into great holiday destinations by the beauty of their hinterlands. This was photographed in the Gold Coast Hinterland.

Come and have a holiday in Queensland!


Erik van den Ham on February 17, 2010

Hello Ian I'm not a specialist on Passionflowers but have grown many of them in the past. This one (sadly enough I can't find any leafs in your picture) could also be P. vitivolia. Anyway they are fantastic flowers.

Best regards, Erik

Ian Stehbens on February 20, 2010

Thanks Erik. I am impressed that you have grown them many Passiflora.

I can only admit to growing a couple of varieties for the fruit. Years ago many back-gardens had passionfruit growing, but that was in the days when wives were stay-at-home cooks and used the fruit in desserts and for colouring and flavouring.

As for leaves, I thought the large leaf on the right and the tendrils belonged to the Passiflora. The long green leaves belong to the lawyer cane vine with all its small thorny barbs. The brown piece is a from the foliage of the hoop pine (Araucaria cunninghamii) tree above.

And thanks for the introduction to P. vitivolia.


Conquilha on February 21, 2010

Nice macro.

At same time that the tragedy happens in Madeira i was making those bird photos, contrasts my friend, contrasts.


Ian Stehbens on February 21, 2010

Dear Conquilha,

Thanks for your prompt reply letting me know that you are ok. And thanks for your compliment on this floral image.

Warmest regards,


Instituto Homem-mato on March 2, 2010

beautiful forest! seems the Atlantic Forest of Brazil! Nice

Ian Stehbens on March 3, 2010

Yes Douglas, they originate in the forests of Brazil. They are spectacularly attractive.



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