Heliconia chartacea

COMMON NAME

Parrots beak Heliconia

TYPE

Ginger/Heliconia

FAMILY

Heliconiaceae

NOTES

A herbaceous plant, with paired large oblong leaves like those of the banana. It can grow to 7–8 m in height, and plants can form large clumps with age. The flowering stems are pendulous.  It has blue-black fruits that contain 3 very hard seeds, which are capable of extended dormancy in the soil. The fruits are eaten by a variety of birds.

GEOGRAPHIC REGION

South America

NATIVE HABITAT

A common upland species of disturbed sites, young secondary forest, and abandoned cultivation, and is often found near human habitation.

WEB SOURCES

wikipedia.org

monaconatureencyclopedia.com



Heliconia chartacea