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An orange nectar bat (Lonchophylla robusta) pollinating a large tank plant (Werauhia kupperiana). This is one of at least 6 genera and 21 species of Neotropical bromiliads that rely on bats as their primary pollinators. It is the largest and one of the most abundant epiphytic bromeliads of the upper forest canopy, measuring up to 40 inches across. Its branching inflorescence is over a meter tall and produces multiple flowers per night (one per branch). Small glossophagine bats are the exclusive pollinators. It has been referred to as a tank plant, because it catches rain water, providing essential reservoirs for rainforest canopy life, from microorganisms and insects to frogs. Pollination
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