Heliconia rostrata Ruiz & Pav.
False bird of paradise, hanging lobster claw, painted lobster claw
|Kingdom||Plantae||Plants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae|
|Subkingdom||Tracheobionta||Vascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients|
|Division||Magnoliophyta||Flowering plants, also known as angiosperms|
|Class||Liliopsida||Monocots (plants with a single seed leaf); includes the lily family|
|Subclass||Zingiberidae||Gingers and related plants|
|Order||Zingiberales||Ginger, cardamom, turmeric, galangal, myoga, bananas, arrowroot, and others|
|Genus||Heliconia||From the Greek word helikonios, home of a temple of Poseidon|
|Species||rostrata||“Beaked,” from Latin rostrum, “a bill, snout, or beak”|
About plant names...
These striking heliconias are native to western South America. They escaped cultivation
Identification: Plants are 6½-9½' (2-3 m) in height.
Leaves are on long petioles, 3-5' (1-1.5 m) × 10-14" (25-35 cm), green or bluish-green,
sometimes tinged with red, apex tapering
abruptly to a tip. Flowerheads are hanging, 12-24" (30-60 cm) × 6" (15 cm).
Bracts are bright or dull red, widely spaced, up to 6" (15 cm) long. The flowers are
pale yellow or greenish yellow, and composed of six fused tepals.
Heliconia rostrata on Hawaiian Plants and Tropical Flowers
Fayaz, Ahmed, Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants: Identification and Cultivation of Over 3000 Tropical Plants, Firefly Books, 2011, p. 305
Heliconia rostrata description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.
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