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Heliconia vaginalis

Family Name: Heliconiaceae
Full Sun: 6-8h Semi-Shade Lots of Water Occasional Misting Bird-Attracting Ornamental Flowers Ornamental Foliage Herbaceous

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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Herbaceous Plant
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic

Biogeography

Native Distribution South Mexico to Northwest Ecuador
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form It is a rhizomatous herb and grows about 1 to 3 m tall.
Foliage Its leaf blades are elliptic-oblong, dark green and about 30 to 100 cm long.
Flowers Its inflorescence is erect. The bracts are bright red and the lower ones are leafy. The flowers are yellow with green tips.
Fruits The fruit is about 1 cm across, green on the top and turn bluish when ripe.

Landscaping Features

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

Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal

Fauna Pollination Dispersal Associated Fauna Bird Attracting

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun, Semi-Shade
Water Preference Lots of Water, Occasional Misting
Propagation Method Seed

Foliar

Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Red, Yellow / Golden
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence

Fruit, Seed and Spore

Mature Fruit Colour(s) - Angiosperms and Gymnosperms Blue

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Master ID 33591
Species ID 8005
Flora Disclaimer The information in this website has been compiled from reliable sources, such as reference works on medicinal plants. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Readers should always consult his/her physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.
Species record last updated on: 20 April 2020.
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