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Monkey cocoa

Herrania purpurea

Description:

Brightly colored flower growing directly from the trunk of the tree.

Habitat:

Rainforest

21 Comments

KarenL
KarenL 7 years ago

Gracias Kabir!

KabirMontesinos
KabirMontesinos 7 years ago

que linda planta

KarenL
KarenL 7 years ago

Jellis, is there a difference in appearance?
Thanks Victoria!

interesting!

Jellis
Jellis 7 years ago

after doing some more research on this plant I believe the subspecies maybe Herrania balaensis. I am only basing this on wiki though. It says this species is only found in ecuador. Some the others are found in Costa Rica and Columbia

KarenL
KarenL 7 years ago

We saw a few, but not many of them in the jungle.

Jellis
Jellis 7 years ago

What's strange about it, is it's a tree with flowers and pods coming out of the trunk of the tree. Very unusual. And heard hard to find. Heard there is one in a tropical garden park in Florida.

KarenL
KarenL 7 years ago

Me too Jellis!
Interesting question outdooreducation - this is what I found online: Like cacao, H. purpurea has a sweet edible pulp. The seeds are used by indigenous peoples to make a cacao drink. I've no idea why it has monkey in the common name though!

Jellis
Jellis 7 years ago

Glad someone got the ID I'm sure lots of us were curious of what it was. Interesting name and great looking plant

KarenL
KarenL 7 years ago

Gracias harsuame!

harsuame
harsuame 7 years ago

Muy bella::

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 7 years ago

Beautiful!

KarenL
KarenL 7 years ago

Thank you Despina & C. Daehler for the ID, & thanks everyone for your comments!

C. Daehler
C. Daehler 7 years ago

Not an epiphyte but a tree with flowers and fruits on trunk. I think this is pulcherima because it has darker red straps but there are other species that have no Internet pictures and look similar.

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 7 years ago

Gorgeous!

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 7 years ago

Sooo beautiful. It must be shocking to see such bright pink amongst all the green.

Jellis
Jellis 7 years ago

Epiphytic type plant. Though I found two images online neither had a name for it.

KarenL
KarenL 7 years ago

:-)

LeanneGardner
LeanneGardner 7 years ago

Oh wow! I want one!

KarenL
KarenL 7 years ago

Thanks Sachin!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 7 years ago

Beautiful,,

KarenL
Spotted by
KarenL

Provincia de Orellana, Ecuador

Spotted on Dec 7, 2012
Submitted on Dec 12, 2012

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