Saturday, May 16, 2009

Why love-in-a-mist?

The Love-in-a-mist (Passiflora foetida) is a vine that originates from tropical America and now has spread to the tropics. It is also known as the stinking passion flower and also ill-odoured passionflower because its leaves have an unpleasant odor when crushed. The Love-in-a-mist is an invader on disturbed sites which explains why I saw this on our reclaimed land.

But my question is... why is it called Love-in-a-mist??? Any takers? Pls leave some comments :-)


Ria Tan said...

Could it be because the fruit is enclosed a 'nest' of frilly bracts? That's the only thing I could think of.

April Lorier said...

God, alone, has the answer to this mystery. One day you will know the answer! It's nice to have mystery, don't you think?

Unknown said...

Hi April, I do agree there's so many mysteries in nature that probably we will never know in our lifetime.

My guess of why it is called love in a mist is that it could be a love at first sight on this flower because it is so pretty. But its unpleasant odour will make the love of this plant to be just a mist, something transient. Haha!

Thanks Ria for your input too. I don't have the answer too.

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