Images by Ranjini Kamath(1,2) & Dr.Satish Phadke(3,4,5), (Inserted by Bhagyashri Ranade)




Zingiberales Week: Is this Heliconia setting seed?
It is growing in a private garden in Chennai

–  I think you are correct they are indeed setting seeds



Heliconia for ID – 290811 – RK: Request Botanical, Common ID of this Heliconia.
Date/Time – 14-08-11/9am
Location – Lalbagh Botanical garden,Bangalore
Habitat – Garden
Ht – 41/2 – 5′



Heliconia for ID – 290811 – RK 2: This is a really magnificent flower. Request Common & Botanical ID of same.
Date/Time – 14-08-11/9am
Location – Lalbagh Botanical Garden, Bangalore
Habitat – Garden
Ht – 10’+

look like Heliconia stricta

Yes difinitely Heliconia species. … has given the possible ID.



Heliconiaceae member :Ornamental for ID: 18/11/2011 SMP3:  Heliconiaceae member :Ornamental for ID: 18/11/2011 SMP3
Growing in a Municipal public garden. Oct 2011.

I think this could be Heliconia collinsiana.

It is interesting to note that Heliconia rostrata Ruiz & Pav. and Heliconia pendula Wawra are two different species. Yet the image, labelled as H. rostrata, available at wiki is again labelled as H. pendula in its source/mother site!
Species : Heliconia rostrata Ruiz & Pav. ?
Habit & Habitat : garden herb
Date : 12-05-12, 10.20 a.m. & 1.45 p.m.
Place : Hooghly, WB

Very little info is available in the net over identification of various Heliconia species, books are available though. A little while ago i searched again for more info, found –
But, it appears to me that image comparison won’t help identify this plant. However, one Heliconia seller informs-
  1. H. rostrata will not flower outdoor in New Zealand –
  2. H. pendula “tall, half hardy….. survives and flowers outdoors in perfect shelter, warmth and bright dappled light –
A discussion at also informs that H. rostrata is unlikely to grow outdoor.
The leaf, the outdoor and the shade loving character of the plant, i posted here, suggests that it could be a Heliconia pendula. Yet, i propose to identify it as only Heliconia sp.



Heliconia sp. from Alipore: My camera fails in insufficient light, neither it can focus the subject nor it gives enough shutter speed to avoid shake. The attached pictures are of Heliconia species. After searching the net my options are two fold – either Heliconia wagneriana Petersen or Heliconia latispatha Benth. There is a third species, Heliconia latispatha x spathocircinata.

According to USDA site Heliconia latispatha is known as ‘expanded lobsterclaw‘. On the other hand an image available in the wikipedia, labelled as Heliconia wagneriana, resembles mine.
Species : Heliconia wagneriana Petersen ?
Habit & Habitat : garden herb
Date : 25-05-12, 2.25 p.m.
Place : The Agri-Horticultural Society of India, Alipore (Calcutta)

Two more images of Heliconia species from Alipore, recorded on the same day, same garden, as my earlier uploads in this post.

Pictures not too clear but it looks like Heliconia stricta, common name ‘Erect Lobster Claw’.


Heliconia for ID – 110911 – RK1:  Request ID [ Bot & Common] of this extremely tall Heliconia species
Date/Time – 02-09-11/ 3pm
Location – Siddhapura , Bangalore
Habitat – Garden
Leaves height – About 20-25′ [not v. good at judging hts & distances]

The flowers are also at a height – about midway size of leaves.

Nice bright colour. But these are the bracts. Flowers yet to come out.

This beautiful plant should be Heliconia rostrata.

It is a Heliconia sp. commonly called ‘birds-of-paradise’ but species is not rostrata
may be Heliconia stricta commonly called ‘Firebird’. Please check



One more Heliconia for ID – 110911 – RK3: Pic taken in Siddhapura Nursery, Bangalore on 02.09.11 at 3pm. Tall leaves. Request Common & Botanical ID.