Heliconia bihai

COMMON NAME

Red palulu, Macaw flower

TYPE

Ginger/Heliconia

FAMILY

Heliconiaceae

NOTES

The relatively inconspicuous flowers rest inside thick, folded, upcurved, claw-shaped, alternate floral bracts on erect, up to 2 feet (0.6 m) tall inflorescences that are hidden below the leaves. The cupped floral bracts collect rainwater and can contain mosquito larvae. If pollinated, the flowers are followed by blue, hairless, egg-shaped fruits.

GEOGRAPHIC REGION

Northern South America and the West Indies

NATIVE HABITAT

Rainforest

WEB SOURCES

wikipedia.org

wildlifeofhawaii.com

tropical.theferns.info



Heliconia bihai