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"hot lips" flower

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Copyright: CArlos Prieto (Panthiades) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 18 W: 0 N: 74] (465)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-16
Categories: Flowers
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-23 5:29
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The hot lips plant (Psychotria poeppigiana) is so-called for obvious reasons. It is also called devil's ear (= "oreja del diablo"). Indigenous people use it for several medicinal purposes. Like many plants with red flowers, it is pollinated by hummingbirds. It is found throughout the Neotropics.

Psychotria poeppigiana is a species of plant in the Rubiaceae family. Its' flowers have been documented in an ethnobotanical context utilized as a "hunting fetish," (a magical talisman to facilitate hunting).

Speaking of the Ka'apor people of Maranhão, Brazil, Dr. William Balée, the Tulane University anthropologist and historical ecologist, describes the use of Psychotria poeppigiana:

"...flowers of Psychotria poeppigiana (tapi'i-kanami 'tapir-Clibadium fish poison') are wrapped in a piece of cloth and affixed to a dog's collar so that it may more easily find the enormous, highly desirable, and decidedly uncommon tapir" (Balée 1994: 105).

Medicinal uses

Psychotria poeppigiana has several uses.

"Whole plant: Decoction of crushed, boiled plant used as wash for headaches by the Surinam Tirio. The Surinam Tirio use a decoction of the crushed plant as a wash for sprains, rheumatism, muscular pains and contusions. Stem: Rasped bark is rubbed on a certain skin rash known as "poispoisi" by the Surinam Wayana. Inflorescence: Red, sap-filled bracts are used for an antalgic to treat earache, administered by dropping the sap into the ear canal. Inflorescence in an antitussive dedoction to remedy whooping cough."

Modified from: Wikipedia

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-11-23 5:50]
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Hello Carlos,
At first sight I thought of a collage, a kind of joke. This is really an amazing plant. I rather see in it hot lips than devil's ears..
Thanks also for the interesting note.
In your gallery are so many amazing creatures, it is just a pleasure to look through it.

Bonjour Carlos,
J'ai d'abord pensé à un montage !!!
Très originale et intéressante publication dans laquelle le sujet est bien mis en valeur ; merci pour le partage.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-11-24 10:40]

Hello Carlos , What a wonderful plant , never seen before , great compositie colours pof and bg , good job ,tfs Greetings Teunie .

incredible similarity to lips!
very good vivid colors

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