Open head of a passion flower, Passiflora

Open head of a passion flower, Passiflora

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This image is part of the sequence Flowers: Head of a Passion flower opening

Credit: CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Passion flower. Open head of a passion flower bloom, Passiflora incarnata. The passion flower is used as a medicinal plant, as well as being cultivated for its impressive flowers. As a medicinal plant it has many effects including a sedative action, a hypnotic (sleep inducer), and an anti-spasmodic (relaxes involuntary muscles). When used as a compress, it can ease minor skin irritations. See images B640/142-146 in sequence showing this flower opening.

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Keywords: bloom, botany, flower, herbal medicine, medicinal plant, nature, open, passiflora incarnata, passion flowe, passion flower, plant, plants, type

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