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Common name

English: Parrot's Beak


Kingdom: Plantae (2659)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2572)

    Class: Liliopsida (392)

      Order: Zingiberales (26)

        Family: Heliconiaceae (3)(family description)

          Genus: Heliconia (3)

            Epithet: psittacorum L.f. (1)

Synonyms: , Bihai cannoidea (A.Rich.) Kuntze, Bihai humilis (Aubl.) Griggs, Bihai psittacorum (L.f.) Kuntze, Bihai sylvestris Gleason, Heliconia andrewsii Klotzsch, Heliconia bahiensis Barreiros, Heliconia ballia Rich., Heliconia cannoidea A.Rich., Heliconia goiasensis Barreiros, Heliconia humilis (Aubl.) Jacq., Heliconia marantifolia G.Shaw, Heliconia schomburgkiana Klotzsch, Heliconia swartziana Roem. & Schult., Heliconia sylvestris (Gleason) L.B.Sm., Musa humilis Aubl.

bahiensis => from Bahia, Brazil

goiasensis => from Goias, Brazil

humilis => of low growth

marantifolia => leaves resembling those of Maranta

psittacorum => of parrots

schomburgkiana => in honor of Robert Hermann Schomburgk (1804-1865), German-born explorer who carried out geographical, ethnological and botanical studies in South America and the West Indies, and also fulfilled diplomatic missions for Great Britain

sylvestris => wild not cultivated, growing in woods and forests


Climate: tropical

Habit: herb

Flower colour: red, orange, yellow

External links

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