Pin wheel flower? by molizard

Pin wheel flower?

Running errands in the grimy, industrial part of town, I noticed this flower & thought it was a plastic toy that would spin around if the wind blew. Then I saw another, & another. Next the "lightbulb" went off & I remembered seeing it posted on 365. I didn't realize Passion Flower grew around here. I thought maybe it needed cold winters and/or hot summers(neither of which we have). After finishing my errands, I stopped At the Botanical Gardens & took some pictures, natives & drought tolerant plants mostly. But this I consider my best find of the day.
This is a lovely pic. It does look a lot like my passionfruit flower at http://365project.org/girlie/365/2010-06-25 although there are some differences as you can see. Interesting the way these petals look 'blown backwards'. It doesn't seem to have the little white tendrils that mine has. My flower has ten petals - how many does this have? And does it produce passionfruit in your climate? Good find and great shot.
August 13th, 2010  
Beautiful flower!! Looks so exotic for the grimy part of town!
August 13th, 2010  
I believe this to be Passiflora Cerulea http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=PACA22. It has 10 petals. I chose to post a shot that made it look most like a pin wheel. From what I've read online, there are between 500-600 varieties of Passion Flower, mostly native to South America. This variety is capable of producing edible fruit when grown in a hot enough climate(not here, it's mid summer & high temp about 70F,21C).
August 13th, 2010  
Wow!!! That's one awesome flower!
August 14th, 2010  
Very cool image. Nicely done.
August 15th, 2010  
Brilliant flower and shot and thanks for sharing the information!
August 16th, 2010  
I love passion flowers! The first time I ever saw one was when my husband brought one home for me, and I really thought the flower was plastic! I haven't had one in several years. Definitely need to get one next spring!
September 13th, 2010  
Yes, I'm sure the one I posted today is the same one as this. It's the only one of this kind that I've seen here, although I'm sure there are plenty of others. The fruit is lovely.
October 4th, 2010  
Fantastic!
October 25th, 2010  
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