Monday, 27 October 2014

Psychotria elata

This gorgeous pair of red, luscious lips belongs to a plant known as Psychotria elata, a tropical tree found mainly in the rain forests of Central and South American countries. Affectionately, Psychotria elata is called Hooker’s Lips or the Hot Lips Plants. The plant has evolved into its current shape to attract pollinators including hummingbirds and butterflies. This specimen was blooming at the botanical gardens here in tropical Queensland Australia.

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