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Columnea

Columnea consanguinea

Description:

Columnea consanguinea is a species of flowering plants in the genus Columnea. They are distinctive for possessing red translucent heart-shaped markings on their leaves that serve to attract their main pollinators - the hummingbird Heliodoxa jacula - to their more inconspicuous flowers.



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6 Comments

SteveWaldron
SteveWaldron 6 years ago

Beautiful plant. I have seen it growing in Ecuador as well.

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 6 years ago

Exotic plant! Cool!

livesimple5048
livesimple5048 6 years ago

what laurenzarate said

livesimple5048
livesimple5048 6 years ago

looks like a butterfly on a leaf

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 6 years ago

This is really beautiful. Do you have a picture of the flower? It is not common for a plant to use it's leaves to attract it's pollinator. Bracts around the flower are more common. This is pretty unique.

Daniel-CR
Spotted by
Daniel-CR

Cartago, Costa Rica

Lat: 9.85, Long: -83.87

Spotted on Jun 28, 2012
Submitted on Jun 28, 2012

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