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H. latispatha is characterized by having erect inflorescences with red, yellow, or orange bracts and a yellowish/greenish rachis (Stiles 1983). An additional identifying characteristic of H. latispatha is the large vertically oriented banana like leaves from a short central stem, also referred to as a musoid growth form (Berry and Kress 1991.)
H. latispatha is the most sun loving member of the Heliconia and is found in exposed areas, like forested stream edge, tree fall gaps, shady second growth and along road/trail sides (Stiles 1983).
All Costa Rican Heliconia are pollinated by hummingbirds and H. latispatha drupaceous fruits are dispersed by birds and mammals (Stiles 1983).
Spotted on Aug 17, 2017
Submitted on Aug 22, 2017