Grand Cayman and Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park – Heliconia

Heliconia, derived from the Greek word helikonios, is a genus of about 100 to 200 species of flowering plants native to the tropical Americas and the Pacific Ocean islands west to Indonesia. Many species of Heliconia are found in rainforests or tropical wet forests of these regions. Common names for the genus include lobster-claws, wild plantains or false bird-of-paradise. The last term refers to their close similarity to the bird-of-paradise flowers (Strelitzia). Collectively, these plants are also simply referred to as heliconias.Ā  wikipedia

And I think the park had just about every variety of them!Ā  Reds, oranges, burgundies, yellow…and the shapes? They varied a great deal as well.Ā  Marvelously diverse tropical plants.

Red heliconia_0597

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12 Responses to Grand Cayman and Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park – Heliconia

  1. Lignum Draco says:

    I like the colour burst. I was thinking this was a kind of bird of paradise plant. Thanks for the educative commentary.

  2. dhphotosite says:

    Wow this is one unusual looking flower. Way cool! And great photo too!

  3. bulldog says:

    I’ve seen that plant somewhere before…

  4. They are beautiful in a weird sort of way and they almost look edible.

  5. Son of Sharecroppers says:

    Very cool! I assume the name comes from the spiral formation?

  6. ChgoJohn says:

    I’ve seen many heliconia but had no idea there were over 100 species. That must have been some walk in the park, Teri. šŸ™‚

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