With its captivatingly bold red lips, this flower of distinct shape is currently at a high risk of becoming extinct. Therefore, it requires immediate protection to ensure its survival.
The natural world is full of wonders. One of the most fascinating parts of this image is a flower that has lips colored in red. This particular plant is known as Psychotria Elata, or Hooker’s Lips in layman’s terms. This photo was taken by When on Earth.
Psychotria is a type of flower that falls under the herbaceous family, with around 2,000 species. This particular genus is well-known for producing hallucinogenic substances like dimethyltryptamine. A captivating photo of this flower was captured by When on Earth.
Similar to a beautiful lady with alluring red lips that captivate many admirers, these lips curve upwards to entice pollinators such as butterflies and hummingbirds. This image was captured by When on Earth.
In reality, the vibrant red lips that catch your eye in photographs are not actually flowers but temporary bracts. Once the moment is ripe, they will display delicate white flowers emerging from the middle. The resulting fruit takes shape as an oval-shaped berry which transitions to a deep blue or black hue as it ripens. Moreover, this plant species serves as a nurturing ground for the yellow silkworm butterfly. Check out the accompanying image captured by Earthling Nature.
This particular foliage can pose a challenge in terms of cultivation due to its specific requirements for growth. The key is to maintain an environment that is consistently warm and humid. It is also important to find a location that is shielded from direct sunlight, as this can impede its development. Photo credit: When on Earth.
Apart from being a popular present for couples in Central America, the plant also possesses various medicinal properties. In ancient times, the indigenous people of Central America utilized the plant’s bark and leaves to cure skin irritations, coughing, and ear infections. Moreover, the Ngäbe-Buglé and Kuna tribes residing in Panama relied on its therapeutic attributes to alleviate respiratory issues. You can see the plant’s image on Flickriver.
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