An insectivorous passion flower? The black tips of the feathery bracts produce a mucilage that protecs the flowers while they are in bud. This mucilage sometimes traps small insects. Recent research has found that these bracts also secrete enzymes called proteases that can actually digest these trapped insects. The species, however, is not viewed as a true carnivorous plant. Despite the latter, the flowers are pollinated by bees. P. foetida is common all over Central America and is regarded as a weed in tropical gardens and cities. It has dozens of flower forms depending on the where the species is found. Unlike other species of Passion vines, its leaves have a rancid odour and it is sometimes called the goat-leaved passion vine.

Name: Love-in-the-mist Passion Flower

Latin: Passiflora foetida

Family: Passion Vine

Origin: Central America

Passiflora means 'flower of the Passion' from the Latin Pati to suffer.