Parrot’s beak, Hanging lobster claws, lobster claw, wild plantain, flowering banana, parrot’s flower, macaw flower, false bird-of-paradise;







Id request – 241210PC1: Please identify the plant. It was growing in a herbal garden in Coimbatore.    

Images by Dr.Gurcharan Singh (1,2) (Inserted by Bhagyashri Ranade)


Commelinales & Zingiberales Week: Heliconiaceae, Heliconia rostrata from Delhi:

Commelinales & Zingiberales Week: Heliconiaceae, Heliconia rostrata  Ruiz & Pav., Fl. peruv. 3:71, t. 305. 1802
Common names: Lobster claw, False-bird-of-paradise
A beautiful climber with hanging inflorescence and banana like leaves, photographed from Rajouri Garden, Delhi 



Zingiberales-Heliconia: Fairly common variety but this is a heallthy specimen; in a private garden in Chennai. 



Garden Flower for ID – 270811 – RK: The flower [only one] is past it’s prime – but was happy to get it
with the fruit forming.There is a beautiful track of different flowers from the same family in Lalbagh but i arrived there a bit late in the season i’m afraid! 
 Date/Time – 14-08-2011/  8.30am
 Location – Lalbagh Botanical Garden, Bangalore
 Habitat – Garden/Park
 Ht – 5′

Common name: Lobster claw, Hanging heliconia
Botanical name: Heliconia rostrata    Family: Heliconiaceae (heliconia family)
Date/Time- Sep 2011
Location- Place, Altitude, GPS-Pune
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type-Private garden
Plant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- Shrub
Height/Length- about 4 ft
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size-long green
Flowers hanging like small red birds with green beaks


SYMBIOSIS : 366 : Attachments (1).  1 post by 1 author.

Attaching an image of a Common Five ring butterfly on the flower of Heliconia rostrata.



Another Heiconia : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)- 4 Mb. 
Helicons for ID from Botanical Garden, Bangkok.

lobster claw

Heliconia rostrata



SK1696 04 Jan 2019 : 6 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (1)- 6 mb. 
Location : Sentosa , Singapore
Date : 18 October 2012
Altitude  131 m.
Habit : Cultivated
Heliconia rostrata Ruiz & Pav.??

lobster claw

Yes …

Mostly Heliconia rostrata 


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