• DESCRIPTION: This plant is 3 – 4.5 meters high, with flowering upright leaves that can measure between 150 to 270 cm and has a width of 27 to 42 cm. It contains erect inflorescence of about 60 cm in length. This particular Heliconia posesses slightly flexible and smooth rachis which are usually red to yellow in color and contain couplet spathe bracts that are 7 to 10 cm in size. The orientation of the bracts (the direction they grow) is 35 to 80 degrees. These bracts have a combination of bright red and yellow colors with green anthers protruding from the middle of the crevice of the bract.
• ORIGIN: Can be found in the Eastern part of the Andes Region (Boyaca, Arauca y Norte de Santander)
• DESCRIPTION: A hybrid with the Musaceae family. Erect it reaches an overwhelming height of 2 to 5 meters. Its leaf has a petiole of about 50 to 130 cm in length with a leaf span of 100 to 240 cm by 25 by 30cm. It contains inflorescence that are 30 to 55 cm long. The erect rachis usually have a bright red smooth surface that is some times mixed with yellow and green. Often forming large clumps, there are 7 to 11 couplet spathes bracts per inflorescence. The bracts of this particular flower are often red to a bright orange color and waxy in texture, with small white flowers protruding out from each bract. Lastly, it contains hirsute sepals near the apex.
• ORIGIN: Colombia Caribbean and eastern region of the Andes mountain chain, bordering with Lake Maracaibo (Venezuela)
• DESCRIPTION: A hybrid with the Musaceae family. Erect it grows to a height of 2.5 to 3.5 meters. The petiole grows 42 to 93 cm long and its leaf span is 110 to 180 cm by 18 to 28 cm. Its erect inflorescence grow up to 45 cm in length. The slightly flexible and smooth rachis or raceme range in color from bright yellow to bright red and are hirsute. There are 5 to 10 overlapping spathe bracts per inflorescence. The orientation of the bracts is 40 to 60 degrees. The bracts range in color from red to bright pink and are some times yellow at the base. At times, they have dark green edges with black tints or a dark shade of purple and give off a shaggy texture and grow 12 to 15.5 cm. Small White and cream flowers with short small hairs protrude from each bract.
• ORIGIN: Colombia, in the Amazon region, Caqueta and Putumayo, Ecuador and Peru. (Tropical Zone)
• DESCRIPTION: A hybrid with the Musaseae family. This flower grows 1.5 to 4 meters in height. Its petiole reaches 45 to 102 cm in length and the leaf span is 85 to 165 cm by 22 to 30 cm. The erect inflorescence grow up to 31 cm long. Its rigid rachis are yellow/greenish to orange and bright red in color with a smooth and waxy surface. There are 4 to 8 spathe bracts per inflorescence. The bracts orientation is 35 to 70 degrees. The bracts are red to bright yellow, with green and yellow edges and of a waxy texture. Its size is 12.5 to 20 cm by 9 to 16 cm. This flower grows small white flowerets, is dark green at the base and has a white apex. The edges of the sepals are generally hirsute and straight.
• ORIGIN: Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador, French Guyanas, Suriname, Peru and Venezuela.
• DESCRIPTION: A hybrid with the Musacea family. This flower grows 1.7 to 4 meters high. Its petiole is 36 to 89 cm in length with a leaf span of 95 to 255 cm by 24 to 30 cm. Its erect inflorescence reach up to 50 cm in length. The green and yellow rachis are straight with a waxy surface. It produces from 7 to 13 spathe bracts per inflorescence. The orientation of the bracts is 45 to 60 degrees. The bracts are yellow with red and pink edges and green keels with a waxy texture that are 12 to 15 cm by 11 to 13 cm in length. It produces small white flowers with dark green apexes as well as some hirsute areas.
• ORIGIN: Colombia, North of the Pacific Region on the Caribbean side and also in by the Magdalena River meddle region. Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.
We understand the explanations of these unique flowers are often hard to comprehend due to the vocabulary used to define them. Therefore to better help you understand these wonderful flowers we have provided some definitions for the following words.
ANTHERS: The pollen bearing part of the stamen
APEX: Top pinnacle, pointed end
BRACTS: The leaf shaped structure of the flower
CALYX: The outer whorl of protective leaves, or sepals, of a flower
HIRSUTE: Having a hairy covering. Set with bristles.
INFLORESCENCE: Botanic word to describe flowering and expanding of blossom. An axis along which all the buds
are flowering buds.
MUSACEAE: Common name for the genus including: Lobster-claw, wild plantain and bird-of-paradise.
PETIOLE: The footstalk of the leaf
RACHIS: The axis of an inflorescence or RACEME(or RACIMO): A centripetal or indeterminate flower cluster in which the flowers are arranged singly on distinct, nearly equal pedicels at intervals on an elongated common axis.
SEPAL= One of the individual leaves of a calyx
SPATHES: A large bract of pair of bracts sheathing a flower cluster as spadix.