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Orchid With Juicy Red Lips

This lovely flower known as the psychotria elata has been given an unfortunate name which is Hooker’s Lips. The reason being its red bracts that look like large juicy lips. I still don’t understand why they could not give this orchid a better name like lover’s lips or kissing lips. These orchids are native to the South and Central America rainforests.

The attractive red lip shape of the flower grows for only a short time and then it disappears and a small white flower grows from the center of the large red bracts. The lip-shaped flower helps this plant to attract pollinators like butterflies and small birds. Unfortunately for these orchids, deforestation is making their number decline.

  • Isn’t this an amazing orchid?

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  • Would you like to grow one?

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