Heliconia

genus of plants

Heliconia is a genus of flowering plants. They are native tropical South America, as well as the Pacific Ocean Islands west to Indonesia. There are between 100 and 200 species in the genus. Other common names include lobster-claw, wild plantain and false bird-of-paradise.

Heliconia
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Heliconia latispatha
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Heliconiaceae
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Heliconia

Heliconia stricta (Dwarf Jamaican leaf). Location: Maui, Kula Ace Hardware and Nursery.

The plants have very decorative flowers. For this reason they are often sold decorative plants.