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Hot lips ( Psychotria elata) of Costa Rica (i)

These gorgeous pair of red, luscious lips belong to a plant known as Psychotria elata, a tropical tree found in the rain forests of Central and South American countries like Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama and Ecuador. Affectionately, Psychotria elata is called Hooker’s Lips or the Hot Lips Plants. The plant has apparently evolved into its current shape to attract pollinators including hummingbirds and butterflies. According to Oddity Central, the bracts are only kissable for a short while, before they spread open to reveal the plant’s flowers.

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  • Uploaded on March 21, 2014
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    by Florentine Vermeiren
    • Camera: CASIO COMPUTER CO.,LTD. EX-H10
    • Taken on 2013/10/17 17:31:33
    • Exposure: 0.067s (1/15)
    • Focal Length: 11.60mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.400
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash