Passiflora quadrangularis 1759
From The Temple of Flora by Dr. Robert J. Thornton London 1st June 1802
"Hand-coloured and colour-printed aquatint
and stipple engraving by Hopwood. Sheet size: 21 3/4 x 17 1/8 inches.
The most strikingly beautiful flower plates ever to be printed in England.
"The Quadrangular Passion Flower [Passiflora quadrangularis L.] is so widely
cultivated in South America that its precise country of origin cannot now be
determined. It is indeed handsome and its colours so vivid that, far from the
picture being sombre like that of the Blue Passion Flower, and although composed
like that picture with the plant climbing up a pillar, it is much brighter...
[with]... spectacular flowers... The Quadrangular Passion Flower has, however,
virtues beyond the striking appearance of its flowers. Its fruit... is the
well-known Granadilla, universally consumed as a delicacy in the warm countries
where the plant will grow freely." (Ronald King. The Temple of Flora by Robert
Thornton. 1981, p.84).''
from Donald Heald