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Wild Cocoa

Herrania balaensis


flowers growing directly from the trunk of the tree - so unusual! deep pink with long streamers protruding around the petals.


In the tropical rainforest of the Napo River several hours' boatride south of Coca. Amazonia.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Machi 6 years ago
Wild Cocoa
Herrania sp. Herrania

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Machi 5 years ago

Oops. Found a longer list here.
So maybe leaving it to the genus was better.

Thanks Machi! I have updated the scientific name now.

Machi 6 years ago

You're welcome! Glad to help you with this beautiful spotting!

Okay now I found the right photos! Here is one just like mine:
but I will have to leave it at the genus stage as I really don't know any more about my spotting. It was on a trail we were following while birding and I did a quick snap of it as had never seen it before. Thanks, Machi!

So far the Herrania sp I have looked at have white flowers but I am still looking! anyone want to help on this one?

Thanks Machi! I will have a look at it tomorrow! Getting late here now!

Machi 6 years ago

Please confirm ID, I am not 100% sure that the genus is the only one that looks like this. Beautiful plant and photo. It is called cauliflory when a plant such as this one has flowers growing right out of the trunk or main branches.

Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Lovely colour.

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 8 years ago

Was it a parasitic plant?

windmustache 8 years ago

Marvelous flower!

birdlady6000 8 years ago

Thanks! I was pretty amazed by all the living things there that I had never encountered before. I had prepared by studying some of the bird IDs ahead, but the plants were something else!

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 8 years ago

That's the prettiest flower I have ever seen.

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García Moreno, Orellana, Ecuador

Spotted on Nov 18, 2010
Submitted on Sep 10, 2011

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