- Scientific name: Heliconia sp.
- Family: Heliconiaceae (heliconia)
Large evergreen, perennial herbs, clump-forming and spreading by offsets up to 5m tall. Three main growth habits: banana-like (musoid), canna-like (cannoid) and ginger-like (zingiberiboid). Leaves usually quite large. Collections of flowers (inflorescences) fleshy or waxy and brilliantly coloured. Pollinated mostly by hummingbirds; one species (Heliconia solomenensis) pollinated by bats.
- This giant herb is closely related to the banana.
- The robust waxy flowers may be hanging (pendulous) or erect. At Eden we have several species and hybrids of these fantasticly bold plants, all of which have distinct 'angular' flowers.
Where it grows
Rainforests or tropical wet forests in the Neotropics (South and Central America, Mexican lowlands, Caribbean islands and southern Florida), Pacific Ocean islands and Indonesia.