Chuukese: aruru ponape, mwakumwak • English: crab claw, heliconia, lobster claw, parakeet flower, parrot’s beak, parrot’s flower, parrot’s plantain, psittacorum • Maori (Cook Islands): tiare parata‘ito • Samoan: vae paa ;


Commelinales & Zingiberales Week: Heliconia:  Sending photo of Heliconia flower.
Place :   Nirvana Park, Powai, Mumbai
Date  :   February 2009

I think this is “Orange Parrot Heliconia ” – Heliconia psittacorum ‘choconiana’

Images by Dr. Balkar Singh (Validation by Vijayasankar Raman), (Inserted by Bhagyashri Ranade)- three different cultivars



Flora of Kerala: Heliconia psittacorum L. f. from Calicut University Campus:

Heliconia psittacorum L. f.
Common Garden plant in Calicut University Campus
Shot in Dec 2012
Pls Validate id

I agree with the id. But the last two pictures perhaps represent a different cultivar, like this one.


Heliconia psittacorum : For ID Confirmation : Lalbagh,Bangalore : 191213 : AK-24 : Attachments (1). 1 post by 1 author. 
Picture taken on 25/11/13 in the garden.

Cultivated, ornamental.

Image by E.Thiruvengadam (Identified by Ajinkya Gadave), (Inserted by Bhagyashri Ranade) 


To share 120910 ET – efloraofindia | Google Groups : 5 posts by 5 authors.

This flower pictures I took, near Waynad Wildlife Sanctuaries, Kerala
Date/Time-     —— May 16, 2010     —-Morning time
Location- Place, Altitude, GPS—— Waynad Wildlife Sanctuaries

Heliconia angusta 

The last picture is certianly Heliconia angusta.

I think a cultivar of Heliconia psittacorum L.f. as per images herein.



ID of the tree. : Attachments (1). 4 posts by 3 authors. 
In this pix, a Blue Throated Barbet is sitting on a flowering tree.
Please help me for ID of the tree. I think it is not Heliconia.

Yes …! It is Heliconia humilis. I think in common parlance it is known as bird of paradise. It is ad makers’ darling.

I think its common name is Parrots Beak – and I am not too sure if that belongs to the Heliconia group. Bird of Paradise, which is a Heliconia, is distinctly different from this.

…! I checked up from Wilkepedia. Yes Bird of Paradise belongs to sterilitzia group. What … saw very much from the heliconia group. It is also known as False Bird of Paradise. Other common names are lobster claw and wild plantain.




SK 2395 17 January 2020 : 6 posts by 2 authors. 4 images- 6 to 7 mb each.
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Date:  07  December 2019 
Elevation: MSL
Habitat: Cultivated
Heliconia psittacorum L.f. ??

Yes, appears to be some cultivar of Heliconia psittacorum L.f. 


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