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The hot lips plant (Psychotria poeppigiana) is so-called for obvious reasons. This flower invariably provokes amused giggles among those who first see it. It is also called devil's ear (= "oreja del diablo"). Indigenous people use it for several medicinal purposes. Like many plants with red flowers, it is pollinated by hummingbirds. It is found throughout the Neotropics.

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