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Parakeet Heliconia, Parrot's Beak, Parakeetflower, Parakeet Flower, Parrot's Flower, Parrot's Plant, False Bird-of-Paradise

Heliconia psittacorum


Description: The flowers are clustered above two or more colorful, lanceolate floral bracts with a waxy bloom. The individual flowers are 3-angled, narrowly banana-shaped, up to 1 3/4 inches (4.5 cm) long, and have 6 fused tepals and a dark-ringed tip. The flowers are followed by fleshy, rounded, dark blue fruits. The leaves are simple, alternate, long-petioled, and have light green, lanceolate leaf blades. The pseudostems (formed by the leaf sheaths) emerge from underground rhizomes. The flowers (both the actual flowers and the petal-like bracts) come in a wide variety of cultivated colors and last for weeks as cut flowers in tropical flower arrangements. Parakeet Heliconia is the most commonly cultivated Heliconia species in Hawaii, and it is escaping from gardens and becoming naturalized along roadsides here.



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Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, USA

Spotted on Oct 9, 2012
Submitted on Oct 11, 2012

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