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Belize Photo of the Day: The Passion Flower

12 December 2011 No Comment

passion flowers in Belize

Today’s Belize photo of the day is the Passion Flower. Depending on the genus, these flowers vary from a half inch (1cm) to as much as six inches (15cm) and can be found almost all over the world including Belize. The above picture was taken at Chaa Creek’s Maya Farm.

What makes the Passion Flower very interesting is where many say its name originated from: “Passion Flower” is said to be derived from the vine’s flower resembling the crown of thorns placed on Jesus Christ’s head, others say that the plant symbolizes features of the crucifixion, known as the passion of Christ. The ten sepals and petals are the ten apostles (minus Judas the betrayer and Peter the denier), the darker circle is the crown of thorns, the five stamens are the wounds, the three styles are the nails, and the leaves are the hands of the persecutors.

Photo submitted by Naturalist Guide: David Juarez

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