Thanks so much to everyone who let me know that the amazing flowers I showed are passionflowers or passion fruit. It occurs to me that after living downtown and then abroad for the past 20+ years, my plant knowledge has suffered greatly. I used to know the Latin names of so many plants and trees.
I went back this morning and looked at the plants again and realized that they actually have fruit on them. I am given to understanding that the fruit is generally not worth eating, and can be toxic, so I will give trying it a pass. I’ve heard from a number of people that this vine is very invasive. I am sure that the birds eat the fruit and then drop the seeds all around. Below, you can see the remains of the flower and the now-tiny fruit emerging from it. For more information on passionflowers and the legend behind the name, click here.