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Beefsteak Heliconia

Heliconia mariae

Description:

A large Heliconia species that will grow 15' to 20' ( 4.50m to 6.0m ) high in full sun to half shade. Inflorescence carrying 40 to 65 red bracts. Heliconia, is a genus of about 100 to 200 species of flowering plants.

Habitat:

Blooming throughout the year. Many species of Heliconia are found in rainforests or tropical wet forests of the Americas and the Pacific Ocean islands west to Indonesia

Notes:

Many bats use Heliconia leaves for shelter. The Honduran White Bat, Ectohylla alba, utilizes 5 different species of Heliconia to make diurnal tent shaped roosts. The bat cuts the side veins of the leaf extending from the midrib causing the leaf to fold like a tent. This structure provides the bat with shelter from rain, sun, and predators. In addition, the stems of the Heliconia leaves are not strong enough to carry the weight of typical bat predators, so shaking of the leaf alerts roosting bats to presence of predators

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Heliconia mariae


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6 Comments

tibiprada
tibiprada 9 years ago

Thank you you all !

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 9 years ago

This is without a doubt the heliconia Jonathan suggests. Here is a great link for your this and other heliconia spottings:
http://www.heliconiasocietypr.org/helico...

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

beautiful!

tibiprada
tibiprada 9 years ago

ceherzog, MrJohn, Jonathan Sequeira :)

MrJohn
MrJohn 9 years ago

That's pretty neat.

ceherzog
ceherzog 9 years ago

Heliconia

tibiprada
Spotted by
tibiprada

Hawaiʻi, USA

Spotted on Jan 11, 2008
Submitted on May 2, 2012

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