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Leach's long-tongued bat (Monophyllus redmoni) pollinating Shaving brush tree (Pseudobombax ellipticum, Malvaceae). This tree is named for its showy, brush-like flowers. It sheds its leaves prior to flowering, an apparent adaptation to make its showy white flowers more visible to bats. It provides an excellent example of one of the many approaches relied upon by plants to attract bat pollinators. This tree grows to a height of 60 feet or more and is widely distributed in the New World tropics. Its flowers open at dusk like most that rely heavily on bats, but they also remain open for the following day, during which time they also attract birds.
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