The Brazilian Red Cloak
Today’s Belize Photo of the Day is the Brazilian Red Cloak and is scientifically known as Megaskepasma erythorochlamys. The ‘Brazilian Cloak’ is a herbaceous shrub that is very showy and fast growing. Being an exhibition of beautiful red/scarlet terminal flowers, this plant never fails to thrill its viewers.
The above picture was taken by one of Chaa Creek’s professional naturalist guides on his way to the Maya Rainforest Medicine Trail where many edible and medicinal plants are displayed.
The Brazilian Red Cloak genus is comprised of about 300 species, and is native to Venezuela and throughout the tropics and subtropics. It prospers in the tropical jungles and woodlands bearing its 12-inch crimson flower from early autumn into spring and is particularly famous with hummingbirds that pollinate its flowers.
Although it is considered a shrub, it can rise up to 15 feet in height and blooms all year round.
Photo taken by Naturalist Guide: Meshack Eliah