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Los Amigos Jungle Cucumbers - Figure 14

Module by: John Janovec. E-mail the author

Los Amigos Jungle Cucumbers: A Study of Five Sympatric Gurania Species

Amanda K. Neill

The New York Botanical Garden

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Figure 14

The rarest Gurania species at Los Amigos seems to be G. speciosa, which inhabits lowland forest that is seasonally flooded. This species has hairy, pendulous inflorescences, like those of G. insolita, but the plants overall are much more pubescent (silky hairs nearly obscure young shoots), and these stems are round, not square. Hummingbirds seem to be the exclusive pollinators. I have not yet found female flowers or fruits of this species.

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Photos by Mathias Tobler (left) and John Janovec

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