Mystery of the Red Pistil

 

Other Epiphyllum have white pistils which are located near the cloud of pollen laden anthers. Not this one. If we could see the animal which pollinates this species, its design with an earth facing red pistil would probably  make sense.

Pistil of this Epiphyllum species is a bright magenta red, and faces downward, well away from the pollen laden white anthers.

Pistil of this Epiphyllum species is a bright magenta red, and faces downward, well away from the pollen laden white anthers.