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Scientific Name: Heliconia spp.
Pronunciation: hell-ih-KOE-nee-uh
Common Name: heliconia, lobster claw
Family Name: Heliconiaceae
Plant Type: Indoor foliage plant
Key ID Features: Plants with features similar to canna, bird of paradise, and banana; leaves of most locally grown indoor species are 15-100 cm long, elliptic to ovate; inflorescence erect or drooping, spike-like with florets mostly enclosed in brightly coloured bracts and 6 tepals.
Course(s): not used (off campus)

Habit: Arching, Upright
Form: Vase
Texture: Very coarse
Mature Size:
Height:1.3 - 2.0m
Spread:1.0 - 1.5m
Growth Rate:Moderate
Origin: Central America
Hardiness Rating: Zone 11: (above 4 C)
Exposure: Full sun, Part sun/part shade
Soil/ Growing Medium:
Landscape Uses: Cut flower or foliage, Indoor plant
Additional Info: Google. Species shown include H. rostrata (lobster claw plant).
heliconia, lobster claw
Leaf Morphology: Glossary
Form: Simple
Arrangement: Alternate
Texture/ Venation: Leathery
Surfaces: Glabrous
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Elliptic, Ovate
Apices: Acute
Bases: Cuneate
Margins: Entire

Inflorescence Type: Spike
Flower Morphology:Flowers perfect
Number of Petals:3
Ovary Position:Inferior
Colour (petals): Green, Yellow, Orange, Pink, Red
Flower Time at Peak: May, Jun, Jul, Aug

Fruit Type: Drupe
Fruit Colour: Purple, Blue
Fruiting Time: Sep, Oct

Bark or Stem Colour: Green

Pest Susceptibility: Aphids or adelgids, Fungal leaf spot, Mealybugs, Mites,
(NCA) Not Currently Available : not used
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