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Brownea

Brownea macrophylla

Description:

"Brownea is a genus of about 30 species in the family Fabaceae, subfamily Caesalpinioideae. The genus is native to tropical regions of the Americas. The species are shrubs and trees growing to 20 m tall."

Notes:

Flower clusters, found on tree trunks rather than branches and are possibly pollinated by bats. Found at the Tiputini Biology Station in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

2 Species ID Suggestions

Panama Flame Tree
Brownea macrophylla Brownea macrobhylla
Brownea sp (possibly B.macrophylla) MBG: Research: Latin American Plant Gallery


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19 Comments

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

Congratulations, Kate!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Congratulation Wonderful spotting

AmazonWorkshops
AmazonWorkshops 9 years ago

Nice shot - hard to capture those rich colors in the dim understory of the rainforest!

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

Fabulous spotting! Well done Kate!

LarsKorb
LarsKorb 9 years ago

congratulations

kate.tillotson
kate.tillotson 9 years ago

Wow! Thanks!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 9 years ago

Congratulations kate

achmmad
achmmad 9 years ago

Congratulation!

Atul
Atul 9 years ago

congrats!

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Congratulations!

Yasser
Yasser 9 years ago

Congratulations Kate! This beautiful Brownea was selected as Spotting of the Day! Special thanks to Craig for introducing me to the concept of cauliflory.

"This stunning Brownea, native to the tropical regions of the Americas, is exhibiting cauliflory, or the habit of flowering directly on trunks and stems."

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kate.tillotson
kate.tillotson 9 years ago

@Craig and Bayucca: I didn't actually see bats visiting the flowers, I thought I remembered our guide saying that they were bat-pollinated. I could be wrong, it's been a few years!
@Ashish: Unfortunately I don't have any pictures of the rest of the tree or branches.

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 9 years ago

Amazing.

Nicholas4
Nicholas4 9 years ago

amazing orange! like a sunrise!!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Wonderful flowers...
Like to see entire plant.. upload picture of branch...or entire plant..

bayucca
bayucca 9 years ago

@Craig: Just reading your comment, you were also a little bit confused about the pollination method. Do you have additional information?

bayucca
bayucca 9 years ago

Looking at the blossom I am just wondering which animal would pollinate this beauty. I guess that in this case it is more the large size of the flower itself will attrack the bats and not the "usual" colors of white flowers, whereas in the case of diurnal hummingbirds the flowers have mostly a reddish or yellowish colors. Very interesting spotting and a fantastic flower!! And it would also rise again the controverse question about the ability of bats noticing colors. I do not know the actual state of knowledge, but I remember that bats are actually not color-blind. Maybe somebody knows more about...

craigwilliams
craigwilliams 9 years ago

Brownea are stunning aren't they?! This is a great example of cauliflory, or the habit of flowering directly on trunks and stems. Did you actually see bats visiting these flowers? The colour and copious nectar they produce I would have thought suggests that they would be hummingbird pollinated.

KatCuff
KatCuff 9 years ago

Beautiful!

kate.tillotson
Spotted by
kate.tillotson

Provincia de Orellana, Ecuador

Spotted on May 2, 2009
Submitted on Feb 14, 2012

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