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Heliconia longiflora R. R. Sm.

Family Name: Heliconiaceae
Full Shade Semi-Shade Moderate Water Occasional Misting Bird-Attracting Ornamental Flowers Woody Herbaceous


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Shrub (Herbaceous)
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial


Native Distribution Tropical America - Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Panama
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical

Description and Ethnobotany

Foliage Its alternate leaves are oblong, dark green with light midribs.
Flowers Its erect inflorescence is born at the terminals, with orange bracts and yellow flowers.
Fruits Its fruits are oval, blue and shiny.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Form
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Fertile Loamy Soils, Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens

Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal

Fauna Pollination Dispersal Associated Fauna Bird Attracting (Fruits, Flowers)
Pollination Method(s) Biotic (Fauna) (Vertebrates (Bird))
Seed or Spore Dispersal Biotic (Fauna)

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade, Full Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water, Occasional Misting
Maintenance Requirements Moderate
Pest(s) Sucking Insects
Propagation Method Division


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Foliar Venation Parallel
Foliar Margin Entire

Non - Foliar and Storage

Stem Type & Modification Herbaceous
Specialised Storage Organ(s) Underground (Rhizome)

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Orange, Yellow / Golden
Flower Texture(s) Thick / Fleshy
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence
Flowering Period Free-Flowering
Flowering Habit Polycarpic

Fruit, Seed and Spore

Mature Fruit Colour(s) - Angiosperms and Gymnosperms Blue
Mature Fruit Texture(s) Glossy / Shiny, Waxy
Mature Seed Colour(s) Brown
Seed Quantity Per Fruit Few (1-5)

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Master ID 29730
Species ID 4039
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Species record last updated on: 24 November 2020.