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Hanging Lobster Claw

Heliconia rostrata


A flower in the heliconia family that hangs down from a bendable stem, as opposed to standing erect as some do. The flower is bright red with a yellow tip. The stalk can grow quite tall and the flower emerges vertically and when heavy enough, tips down, not unlike bananas.


Found virtually all over in the Amazon rainforest of SE Ecuador, favoring really wet areas.


Beautiful flowers. Sometimes there are bunches of them growing together. The third picture is of a different plant. I added it to show how tall some of these will grow. That one is probably 20 feet tall.

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mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 3 months ago
Hanging lobster claw
Heliconia rostrata Heliconia rostrata - Wikipedia


mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 3 months ago

Oh, I’m glad to hear that! Hmm, I don’t know of a way to search by topic instead of location (I tried to search missions that way, just now, but was apparently unsuccessful). Perhaps you can start a local mission relating to plants of Ecuador! :0

Tukup 3 months ago

Since you are helping me so much (although you may not be aware of it :-) I haven't found hardly any missions for plant life, or anything else really for down here. Is there a way to search by topic instead of location? I'm still learning my way around the site.

Tukup 3 months ago

Thanks Mauna. I saw you had some of these on your spottings so was hoping you could tell me if they were the same. Do you know the classification of the other heliconia?

Morona Santiago, Ecuador

Lat: -2.15, Long: -77.69

Spotted on Oct 20, 2011
Submitted on Jan 31, 2019

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