Maypop flowers and pollination: A photographic essay.


Maypops, Passiflora incarnata, are common vine-like plants of Virginia’s Piedmont and Coastal Plain regions. Its flowers are relatively large and, arguably, one of the most complexly structured flowers in our flora. Maypops thrive in my yard, where I let some vines grow among my flowers and vegetables, and where I can observe them frequently at various times during the day. Presented here is a photo essay that explores the morphology of these truly remarkable flowers, culminating in a description of how their intricate structure promotes pollination by carpenter bees.

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Fall 2023

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