Selasa, 18 Juni 2013

The Hooker's Lip

There is a plant that look like large red lips. Known scientifically as Phychotria elata but commonly it is called Hot Lips. This plant can be found in tropical places like Costa Rica, Panaman, Ecuador and Colombia. Those red lips are commonly called flower, but they are actually leaf-like bracts. Those red lips attract pollinators like hummingbirds and butterflies to the small, white flowers that grow inside the large bracts. The fruit are oval berries that turn blue or black when mature.

It is now endangered due to uncontrolled deforestation and an increased in popularity with plant collectors.