Pollination - Merlin Tuttle's Bat Conservation

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A Commissaris's long-tongued bat (Glossophaga commissarisi) has just pollinated a calabash flower. The calibash tree is native to Central and South America. Its night-blooming flowers rely on bats for pollination. Its wood is used in a wide variety of human implements. Its large gourd-like fruits are used for water containers, cups and bowls and for musical rattles, and the fruit is used in traditional medicines. Pollination

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