Thursday, July 10, 2008

Wild Flower


I found this flower on one of my recent walks. I have no idea what it is but I thought it was rather unusual looking.

41 comments:

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Craver Vii said...

Unusual is an understatement. When I first saw it, I had to think back to whether I had mushrooms with dinner!

dot said...

It's good to laugh. Thanks Craver!

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Wow... that is a quite unusual flower.. very nice, Dot.

diXymiss said...

It looks very similar to this one that I likewise discovered uneXpectedly. I learned via comments it's a passion flower ~ pretty name for an eXotic blossom, don't you think?

diXymiss said...

Forgot to say the most important thing: eXcellent piX! You are a very talented photographer, with an eye for beauty.

Carletta said...

I don't know what it is Dot; but you captured the beauty and detail perfectly!
Wonderful image.

I'll just say again that I'm glad you're back - it's nice coming here.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Passionflower! And I wish I could row them here. Well, actually I do grow a passionflower plant, but inside in a pot. Our winters are too cold in Ontario for them to survive outdoors.

I love them. Nice photos, Dot!

Malyss said...

Hi Dot,once more I only know the FrENCh name for it: it's called here "fruit de la passion "(which would mean "fruit of passion") or "Pomme-liane" (something like Apple-bind-weed).This last name is especially used in French territories in South Pacific, like in Tahiti, French polynesia...In those places, this plant is growing wild and gives some little fruits that seem like small apples, but growing on very long stems that are climbing on other trees, or on barriers..I hope it will help you to find the american name,
Mary

Dina said...

Wow, this really is wild! The flower is like nothing I've ever seen.

Kerri said...

Fabulous wildflower!!

The Texican said...

It's not what you take Dot, it's your artistic eye that tells you how to display it. I would have to say, "stunning" might be a good descriptor. Pappy

Andrea said...

That is the most beautiful flower

Judi aka Gmj said...

I had this in OK. It grew on a back fence and I thought it was so pretty I tried and tried to get the silly thing to grow in a more promanate place. No luck. It would come back year after year in it's chosen spot only.
I am glad you are back! Missed u.

Alan said...

Yes, they are known as Passion flowers here and they are quite amazing looking flowers. So unique. Before we learned the real name we called them Alien flowers because they look like something from another planet!

Judy said...

It is unusual but pretty. I've never see anything like it.

ga.farmwoman said...

Hey Dot. The flower is a passion flower and then it becomes a May Pop. We have hundreds around here.
Check it a little later and there will be an oval shaped green ball growing where the flower was. A may pop. They will pop when you step on them.
Have a great day!

JunieRose2005 said...

It's a Passion Flower!

They do grow wild but are also sold in nurseries these days! There is also a red one! I have a red one!
Search under Passion Flower for a lot of info on this plant!


Junie

fishing guy said...

Dot: Wonderful capture, great symmetry in the design that certainly doesn't seem random. The hand of God in the flower perfectly captured.

Old Wom Tigley said...

I agree it's a Passion Flower, I had one that grew over a gateway, I can't remember why it's still not in the garden. The flowers are loverly.. Remember now... Frost killed it, a late frost one spring over a week and it died. When the flowers are just opening they remind me of Kiwi fruits cut in half..

April said...

WOW! What an interesting and beautiful flower! I didn't know its name either until I read some of the comments you received. A Passionflower! - I'm pretty sure we don't have them here. I'm glad you're back. :)

happyone said...

Wow, I'll say that;s unusual!! I've never seen anything like it.
It's beautiful though and a great closeup.

Mary said...

It looks like a passionflower... beautiful shots! found you through Rocky Mountain Retreat...

Daryl said...

I am not sure what is better the quality of the photos OR the amazing flower ...

:-Daryl

D said...

It's a purple passion flower.

Kelli said...

I have never seen a flower like that...very neat and great shot!
~Kelli

madretz said...

I've seen these before and they are so cool! I love them, they are so unusual. I didn't know what they were called either, but now thanks to your readers comments, I do! Thanks for publishing the pic so I could read your friends comments. :)

quinttarantino said...

I would say it's the flower that later will give you passion fruit.

Neal said...

Beautiful, just beautiful.

Photo Candy said...

Very nice. I wish I could grow those here in northern Michigan, but I don't think they'd overwinter very well here. They are such a unique and lovely looking flower.

Susan said...

I have never seen anything as unique as that. You have got quite the luck and must have wonderful walks.

Jan said...

Isn't it great that so many people knew what this flower is? I had no idea. It looks like a sci-fi artist had drawn it.

deborah wilson said...

Very pretty!!!

I've never seen that one before.

Rose said...

Dot, it is so beautiful...I remember finding one when I was playing in a neighbor's pasture when I was a kid and thought it the most beautiful flower I had ever seen. Took one to my mom and she told me it was a passion flower.

USAincognito said...

That is the coolest, strangest looking flower I have ever seen! Hmmm...wonder what it is...

Fish Whisperer said...

It is a passion flower and in the tropics after the flower you would get the fruit, passion fruit of course. Very tasty and a bit tangy. Named originally for the Passion of Christ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passion_flower Great shot.
Cheers
Callan

becky voyles said...

BRILLIANT is the word that comes to mind on this one.

Susan Kelly Skitt said...

What a wacky but pretty flower :) You take some cool walks my friend!

quilly said...

I see you have plenty of folks who recognized this as a Passion Flower. Here in Hawaii Passion Fruit is cooked and made into a "butter".

Passion Fruit Butter

1/4 cup fresh passion fruit juice
3/4 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/2 cup softened butter

1. Combine juices and sugar in a medium saucepan. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat to medium-high for about 10 to 15 minutes or until only 1/2 cup of the mixture remains. Remove from heat.

2. Slowly whisk butter in small amounts until all of the butter is incorporated.

Makes about 1 yummilicious cup.

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