Weird & Wacky! The Hooker’s Lips Plant!


Nope. Those aren’t Mick Jagger’s lips Photoshopped onto a plant. Believe it or not, this is a real plant affectionately called Hooker’s Lips for the flowers that look like large, luscious red lips. Known scientifically as Psychotria elata, these low-growing trees or shrubs can be found in tropical places like Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia, particularly in areas that tend to get a lot of rainfall.

Those red lips are commonly called flowers, but they are actually leaf-like bracts. And just like a hooker would wear bright red lipstick to attract potential clients, those red hot lips on the plant attract pollinators, such as hummingbirds and butterflies to the small, white flowers that grow inside the large bracts. The fruits are oval berries that turn blue or black when mature.

Unfortunately, we may have to kiss the plant goodbye if we don’t change our habits! The Psychotria elata may be threatened in the wild due to deforestation in their natural habitat and an increased in popularity with plant collectors.

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About Lesley Lowry

I love flowers! I enjoy writing about them as well as gardening. Mostly I love finding new and unique flower gardening ideas I encourage you to post regularly on this blog, and send in guest blogs or ideas for new blogs as well. New and exciting blogs are always welcome I intend to post a lot of interesting facts and fun stuff about flowers, as well as info on many varieties of flowers.
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13 Responses to Weird & Wacky! The Hooker’s Lips Plant!

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  10. This plant is amazing! I just linked to your blog post. My blog has lips for its logo, and so this plant is a perfect, natural ally. LOL. Take care, and I’ll be checking out your blog! Great work.

    Bëth

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  11. Archana RJ says:

    For a second I thought it was photoshopped :) I wish they grew in CA

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    • Before doing research on this plant, I also thought it looked Photoshopped. It amazes me that world is full of wonderful, weird things!

      They may not grow in CA, but you could always take a trip to a tropical rainforest to see these Hooker Lips in person!

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