The leaves of the Hooker’s Lips (also known as the Hot Lips Plant) have evolved into this Angelina Jolie form to attract pollinators such as hummingbirds and butterflies.
Flowers aren’t always pretty and they can be quite shocking too, in a good or bad way. There are the boring and the colorful flowers, plus the ones that don’t look acceptable at all, just like when you see the uninviting smiles of a Venus Flytrap.
But there’s a flower that’ll be nice enough to meet you or maybe kiss you with its luscious red lips. These lips belong to a plant with the scientific name Psychotria Elata, or commonly known as the Hooker’s lips.
These aren’t from Angelina Jolie nor Mick Jagger, but from a plant that belongs to the 2000 species of the Psychotria genus plants which are the flowering plants of the Rubiaceae family. This genus is even known to produce psychedelic chemicals like dimethyltryptamine. It’s funny to know that this plant contains something psychedelic that it matches its seductive look.
Just like an attractive woman with lips so red you can’t resist looking, the Hooker’s lips pucker up to attract pollinators such as butterflies and hummingbirds.
The truth is, the red lips you see on the Hooker’s lips aren’t the flowers itself but just the kissable bracts that remain only for a short time until it reveals the plant’s white flowers that’ll emerge from its center. Its fruits are oval berries that turn blue or black when mature. It also acts as a host plant for the golden silkmoth.
It’s a bit difficult to grow Psychotria Elata because of some certain climatic conditions that you should replicate for the plant. First, make sure you can effectively provide a warm, humid, and moist climate. Then, you’ll need to place it in a sheltered environment, unexposed to the harsh sun rays as this can harm the growth of the plant.