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Heliconia sp.


This is the common version we have all over around us. It flower points up from a stiff stem (the other hangs down). The flowers are stiff, various shades of red from bright red to dark red. The inside of the flower is light green to yellow.


These grow virtually everywhere here in the Amazon rainforest of SE Ecuador, tending more toward very wet, marshy areas.


I observe two kinds of heliconia. I'm sure there are more varieties, but I notice the large sharp pointed "claws) point up on the big ones rising from a single strong stalk. The other kind hands down from a bendable stalk. As there are many species in Ecuador, I can't even guess what these are.

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Tukup 9 months ago

Thanks Mauna. I see wiki doesn't list H. bihai as being in Ecuador, however I know sometimes their range maps are off due to lack of information. We have documented a large number of snakes in Ecuador and our area that were not included in lists before. To be safe I will just go with Heliconia sp. Thanks for your input.

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 9 months ago

ID’ing this is tough (as you know) because of the sheer number of species... but two species that remind me of this spotting are H. orthotricha and H. bihai.

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Morona Santiago, Ecuador

Lat: -2.15, Long: -77.69

Spotted on Mar 22, 2009
Submitted on Jan 31, 2019

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