: the name which is derived from the Latin passio, passion; flos, flower, was given by the early missionaries in South America who thought they saw in the parts of the flowers various aspects of Christ’ s crucifixion. The corona became the crown of thorns, the five anthers represented five wounds, the three styles the three nails; so on (see Backer) The name Passion Flower was given to this species (Passiflora caerulea) by Spanish friars in South America, who were struck by the unusual form of the flower and saw in it a symbol of Christ’ s passion. Thus the three stigmas represent the three nails, two for the hand and one for the feet; the five anthers represent the five wounds; the corona represents the crown of thorns or the halo of glory; the five sepals and five petals stand for ten apostles (Peter and Judas being absent); and the hand-like leaves and whip-like tendrils represent the hands and scourges of Christ’ s presecutors. (Classic Natural History). Zie verder Backer.