Spittal beach walkabouts
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Heliconia, derived from the Greek word helikonios, is a genus of about 100 to 200 species of flowering plants which are native to the tropical Americas and Pacific Ocean islands west to Indonesia. Many species of Heliconia are found in rainforests or tropical wet forests of these regions. Common names for the genus include lobster-claws, wild plantains or false bird-of-paradise because of their close similarity to the bird-of-paradise flowers (Strelitzia). Collectively, these plants are also simply called Heliconias.
These plants range from 1 ½ to 15 feet tall depending on species. The simple leaves of these plants range from 6 inches to 10 feet. They are characteristically long, oblong, alternate, or growing opposite one another on non-woody petioles often longer than the leaf, often forming large clumps with age. Their flowers are produced on long, erect or drooping panicles, and consist of brightly colored waxy bracts with small true flowers peeping out. The growth habit of heliconias is similar to Canna, Strelitzia, and bananas, to which they are related. The flowers can be hues of reds, oranges, yellows, and greens. The plants typically flower during the wet season. The bracts protect the flowers; floral shape often limits pollination to a subset of hummingbirds.
Heliconias are grown for florists and as landscape plants in tropical regions all over the world. Heliconias need an abundance of water, sunlight, and soils rich in humus. The flower of H. psittacorum (Parrot Heliconia) is especially distinctive, its greenish-yellow flowers with black spots and red bracts are reminiscent of bright parrot plumage. Most commonly grown landscape Heliconia species include Heliconia augusta, H. bihai, H. brasiliensis, H. caribaea, H. latispatha, H. pendula, H. psittacorum, H. rostrata, H. schiediana, and H. wagneriana.
Heliconias are an important food source for forest hummingbirds, some of which (for example Rufous-breasted Hermit, Glaucis hirsuta) also use the plant for nesting. The Honduran White Bat, Ectophylla alba also lives in tents it makes from Heliconia leaves.
Heliconia psittacorum, Parrot Heliconia
Biscayne Park FL
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Tomcat in a Helpman shop window.
Kater in een etalage in Helpman.
Helpman, Groningen, The Netherlands.
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