Did you know that Psychotria elata plant is also called hooker’s lips and hot lips for the shape of its bright red bracts that resemble two luscious lips?
Hooker’s lips - Psychotria elata
Psychotria is a genus of flowering plants in the Rubiaceae family. It contains around 1,850 species and is therefore one of the largest genera of flowering plants. The genus has a pantropical distribution and members of the genus are small understorey trees in tropical forests. Some species are endangered or facing extinction due to deforestation, especially species of central Africa and the
Pacific. Many species,produce the psychedelic chemical dimethyltryptamine.
Psychotria elata is an understory shrub of the genus
Psychotria. Psychotria elata is part of the tropical rainforest understory flora of the
Americas. It is found throughout Central America like Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama and Ecuador from
low to mid-elevation. It grows where the soil is rich and humic from leaf litter — moist and sheltered from the most powerful sun rays by upper story trees.