CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Passion flower. Open head of a passion flower bloom, Passiflora incarnata. At centre are three dark stigma's, around which are five green stamens. 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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