Psychotria elata – Hot Lips, Flower Lips, Mick Jagger’s Lips

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Scientific Name

Psychotria elata (Sw.) Ham

Common Names

Hot Lips, Hot Lips Plants, Flower Lips, Hooker’s Lips, Mick Jagger’s Lips

Synonyms

Cephaelis elata (basionym), Callicocca elata, Cephaelis costaricensis, Cephaelis phoenicia, Cephaelis punicea, Evea elata, Palicourea elata, Tapogomea elata, Tapogomea punicea, Uragoga elata, Uragoga phoenicia, Uragoga punicea

Scientific Classification

Family: Rubiaceae
Subfamily: Rubioideae
Tribe: Psychotrieae
Genus: Psychotria

Psychotria elata

Flower

Color: White
Bloom Time: December to March

Description

Psychotria elata is a tropical tree found in the rain forests of Central and South American countries. The plant has become internet-famous because of its flowers or rather the shape of the red bracts (modified leaves) before the flowers mature. From these bracts tiny white, stare-shaped flowers emerge. Sadly, deforestation is wiping this species off the Earth.

Origin

Native to the rain forests of Central and South American countries like Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama and Ecuador.

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