Parrot Flower

Heliconia cf. psittacorum (Heliconiaceae)

Characteristics

Erect, evergreen, perennial herb, up to 2 m tall. Leaves with prominent central nervation. Pseudostems (formed by the leaf sheaths) emerge from underground rhizomes. The inflorescence (cluster of flowers) range in colourful hues of yellow, orange and red. The inflorescence consists of brightly colored, waxy bracts (special leaves at the base of flowers) arranged alternately on the stem that encloses and protect small flowers. Flowers produce an abundance of nectar, attracting hummingbirds.

Distribution

Native to South America and the Caribbean. It is often cultivated as a tropical ornamental plant in regions outside its native range.

Natural Medical Properties

No known.

Did you know?

This Is commonly confused with the Bird of paradise (Strelizia reginae), but in fact belongs to a different family and Is often called the “False bird of paradise”.

Further reading:

Literature

World Flora Online
WorldChecklist of Selected Plant Families
A working list of all plant species