Flower of Inirida, Inírida, Colombia
On our 2nd day in the Colombian Amazon, we were supposed to cross a stream by jeep to access a remote birding spot. The jeep immediately got stuck in the water, and we had to continue on a 2 hour walk muddying through water at knee level. As we did so, we saw hundreds of these flowers. The locals cannot stop talking about it. It is locally endemic, quite beautiful and you'll see it in vases in everybody's house. Even when it is completely dried out, it is a nice piece of decoration.
''Guacamaya'' is a group of plants in the family Rapateaceae described as a genus in 1931.
The only known species is ''Guacamaya superba'', native to the Río Guainía region along the border of Colombia and Venezuela .