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Hot Lips, Psychotria elata is part of the tropical rainforest...

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Caption: Hot Lips, Psychotria elata is part of the tropical rainforest understory flora of the Americas. Also called hooker's lips but hot lips is a little more family friendly. Interestingly, this plant contains the chemical dimethyltryptamine, a psychedelic. It is also used as traditional medicine among the Amazon people to treat aches and arthritis, infertility and impotency. The plant is pollinated by butterflies and hummingbirds.The flower is actually a pair of modified leaves,red lip-like bracts, that pout around the tiny star-like white to cream flowers. There are over 2,000 species of Psychotria. Rio Claro Reserve, Cabanas la Mulata, Colombia, South America; Hotlips102612.CR2
Location: Cabanas la Mulata
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Allegheny woodrat, Neotoma magister, 00010-01941, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia; North America; United States of America, America, U.S., United States, US, USA; VA, Appalachian Mountains, Blue Ridge Mountains, , rapidly decling species and has disappeared in much of it's former range, animals; wildlife {undomesticated animals}; mammals {mammal}; rodent; woodrat, packrat, trade rat; Allegheny woodrat, Neotoma magister, long wiskers vibrissae for navigation in dark areas like caves, sometimes called Cave Rat, urine trals are used for navigation in caves and the urine is the chemical source of peter or petre dirt which was mined during the civil war and processed with wood ashes into Potassium Nitrate KNO3, the principal component of gunpowder. Nocturnal, the Allegheny Woodrat spends its nights foraging, collecting food and nesting materials, very rarely traveling more than 150 feet from its home range. They also collect and store various non-food items such as bottle caps, snail shells, coins, gun cartridges, feathers and bones. This trait is responsible for the nicknake "trade" or "pack rat". [5] These rats form small colonies in which their nesting areas consist of a network of underground runways and many conspicuous latrines. Latrines are large fecal piles the rats deposit on protected flat rocks. [6] In some cases, researchers have found dried leaves placed around the nesting area which appear to act as alarms to warn the rats of approaching danger.  Unlike their cousins, the Allegheny Woodrat is not a prolific breeder, averaging only one to three young per litter and up to only three litters per year under ideal conditions. Their gestation period is usually 30 to 37 days and are weaned within a month's time. In the wild, the Allegheny Woodrat has been known to live up to three years. Many states have listed it as threatened or endagered and it is extinct in some states where it formerly occured.
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