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Passion Vine Pollen

Passion Vine anthers are located above the expected nectar location. In our garden the most frequent pollinator of our passion vines is the carpenter bee. These large black bees are often coated on their backs with pollen from the Passion Vine as they search for nectar. And the next flower in turn is pollinated when these bees contact the sticky pistils located between the anthers.

Passion Vine Pollen

Pollen is held high above the flower, bees look in the normal spot for nectar and are given a surprise load of pollen on their backs - Passion vine pollen - Passiflora caerulea. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

Other plants from the Genus Passiflora featured on this site:
Passiflora alata
Passiflora citrina
Passiflora Constance Elliot
Passiflora Coral Sea
Passiflora edulis
Passiflora incense
Passiflora Lavender Lady
Passiflora sanguinolenta
Passiflora vitifolia
Passiflora Vine Egg Mimic