Passionflower; Maypop; Apricot Vine side view
Passiflora incarnata /Passionflower Family
This unusual flower is the State Wildflower of Tennessee. The Native American name for this flower is "Ocoee." The common name comes from the crucifixion story. The three pistils represent the nails driven into Christ's hands and feet, the five anthers = the wounds, the long thin corona = the crown of thorns placed on His head, the ten sepals and petals = the 10 faithful Disciples, the tri-pointed leaves represent the spear, and the tendrils = the whips. The small green sphere below the pistils will become the fruit. This picture was taken in Oak Ridge in August. Above view of flower follows.
Where seen: Oak Ridge Greenways, Great Smoky Mountain NP, Warrior's Path SP