Ruellia humboldtiana

A remarkable species from northern South America, closely related to R. tubiflora. It grows as a vining shrub for several meters in height. Note the photos showing extrafloral nectaries and corolla tubes full of nectar. I was delighted to find and collect this species in a virgin neotropical rainforest with my friend and colleague Manuel.

A message from the hummingbirds: we LOVE you.

Wild collected, Venezuela, Tripp & Luján #495 (RSA-POM); Photos by Erin Tripp

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