Paliavana prasinata and bat

Photo by O. van Helverson
Growing in nature

Paliavana prasinata is one of the few bat pollinated Gesneriad species, all of which are native to the Americas.  Bat pollinated species are characteristically green or muddy yellow, sometimes with maroon or brown markings.  The flower opening is typically large, and substantial quantities of nectar are often produced.  P. prasinata is large and shrubby, and the flowers are attractive.  

The bat species in this photograph is Glossophaga soricina.  Other species likely pollinated by bats include Rhytidophyllum tomentosum.

 

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