Pendent Heliconia - Heliconia pendula
Heliconias are attractive tropical plants with banana-like leaves and beautiful, long lasting inflorescences composed of showy bracts which contain the true flowers. Although these large tropical flowers are natives to only Central and South America, and some islands of the South Pacific, their easy cultivation and spectacular presence have made them favorite garden subjects throughout the world.
In the American Tropics, hummingbirds are the exclusive polinators of red, yellow, pink and orange heliconias while nectar feeding bats are the polinators of green heliconias.
In Heliconia pendula (Zingiberales - Heliconiaceae) bracts are pendulous, dull red to pink with white sepals. This species is native to Guyana and northern South America.
Photo credit: ©tajong | Locality: not indicated (2010)