Mant. Pl. 2: 147, 211. 1771
North America (Fla.), Mexico, West Indies, Central America, South America, and Pacific Islands (Oceania)., introduced in Fla.
Several species of Heliconia are important ornamental and landscape plants in warmer areas of North America (e.g., Florida, Texas, and California). In addition to H. latispatha, three other species, H. psittacorum Linnaeus f., H. metallica Planchon & Linden ex Hooker, and H. schiedeana Klotzsch, may persist after cultivation and might be expected to disperse occasionally into disturbed areas. The first two species are much smaller than H. latispatha and all have flowers that are fully exposed at anthesis. Heliconia metallica has deep rose red flowers, whereas H. psittacorum has yellow or orange flowers. Heliconia schiedeana has red, strongly reflexed bracts and yellow flowers. All of the New World species of Heliconia are hummingbird pollinated.
Species 225 (1 in the flora).
|Author||W. John Kress + and Alan T. Whittemore +|
|Common name||False bird-of-paradise + and héliconia +|
|Distribution||North America (Fla.) +, Mexico +, West Indies +, Central America +, South America +, and Pacific Islands (Oceania). + and introduced in Fla. +|
|Etymology||after Mount Helicon in southern Greece, regarded as the home of the Muses +|
|Illustration copyright||Flora of North America Association +|
|Illustrator||John Myers +|
|Publication title||Mant. Pl. +|
|Publication year||1771 +|
|Reference||andersson1985a +, andersson1992a +, berry1991a +, daniels1979a + and kress1984a +|
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|Taxon family||Heliconiaceae +|
|Taxon name||Heliconia +|
|Taxon parent||Heliconiaceae +|
|Taxon rank||genus +|
|Volume||Volume 22 +|