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Espostoa frutescens

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Kingdom  Plantae
Genus  Espostoa
Order  Caryophyllales
Family  Cactaceae
Rank  Species
Espostoa frutescens
Similar  Espostoa, Cephalocereus blossfeldiorum, Espostoa guentheri, Espostoa mirabilis, Espostoa ritteri

Espostoa frutescens is a plant in the family Cactaceae.

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Description

Espostoa frutescens grows as a cactus. The species relies on nectar bats (including Geoffroy's tailless bat) for pollination. To facilitate the bats' echolocation, the plant's flowers are surrounded with a sound-absorbent furry area resulting in stronger flower echoes.

Distribution and habitat

Espostoa frutescens is endemic to Ecuador and confined to Loja, El Oro and Azuay provinces. Its habitat is open areas in dry forests from 500 metres (1,600 ft) to 2,000 metres (6,600 ft) altitude.

References

Espostoa frutescens Wikipedia


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