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  Heliconia longiflora R. R. Sm.
  Family Name : Heliconiaceae

 
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Herbaceous Plant
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Perennial
      Maximum Height :
      1 m
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Tropical America - Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Panama
      Preferred Climate Zone :
      Tropical
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: Herbaceous plant up to 1 m tall.
      Foliage: Its alternate leaves are oblong, dark green with light midribs.
      Flowers: Its erect inflorescence is born at the terminals, with orange bracts and yellow flowers.
      Fruits: Its fruits are oval, blue and shiny.
      Cultivation :
      Although this plant can survive under shade, it will not flower well.
      Etymology :
      The genus 'Heliconia' is derived from the Latin word for Helicon, a mountain revered in Greek mythology. The specific epithet 'longiflora' means long flower in Latin.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      Cut / Dried Flower
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Form
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils
      Landscape Uses :
      Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens
  • Fauna, Pollination & Dispersal
    • Associated Fauna :
      Bird-Attracting (Fruits; Flowers)
      Pollination Method(s) :
      Biotic (Fauna) (Vertebrates (Bird))
      Seed / Spore Dispersal :
      Biotic (Fauna) (Vertebrates (Other Mammal))
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Semi-Shade
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water, Occasional Misting
      Maintenance Requirements :
      Moderate
      Pest(s) :
      Sucking Insects
      Propagation Method :
      Division
  • Foliar
    • Foliage Retention :
      Evergreen
      Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Green
      Foliar Venation :
      Parallel
      Foliar Margin :
      Entire
  • Non-Foliar & Storage
    • Stem Type & Modification :
      Herbaceous
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower Colour(s) :
      Orange, Yellow / Golden
      FlowerTexture(s) :
      Thick / Fleshy
      Flower Grouping :
      Cluster / Inflorescence
      Flowering Period :
      Free-Flowering
      Flowering Habit :
      Polycarpic
  • Fruit, Seed & Spore
    • Mature Fruit Colour(s) [Angiosperms & Gymnosperms] :
      Blue
      Mature Fruit Texture(s) :
      Glossy / Shiny, Waxy
      Fruit Classification :
      Simple Fruit
      Fruit Type :
      Fleshy Fruit
      Mature Seed Colour(s) :
      Brown
      Seed Quantity per Fruit :
      Few (1-5)

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