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Merinthopodium neuranthum (Solanaceae) is an epiphytic shrub, this one pollinated by an Underwood's long-tongued bat (Hylonycteris underwoodi) in Costa Rica. Inflorescences include several flowers each that hang at the tips of approximately 1-meter-long stems known as peduncles. Pollinating bats have to approach from almost directly below, requiring an unusual maneuver. A heavy pollen load is applied to the bat’s throat. Pollination
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