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Blakea gracilis is a sun-loving hemi-epiphyte found in wet montane forests from Nicaragua to Panama from about 1200 to 2300 m (Almeda 2000; Lumer 1982). Flowers are fairly large and range in color from pure white to pink with alternating pink and white stripes. The flowers have noticeable yellow stamens, which cluster towards the rear of the flower. The plant produces dime-sized berries that are a deep red when mature. A wide variety of bees act as pollinators for this species (Lumer 1982). B. gracilis seeds are dispersed by frugivorous birds that like to eat the sweet berries (Lumer 1982).


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