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Parrot Heliconia

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Class: Liliopsida

Order: Zingiberales

Family: Heliconiaceae

Scientific Name:Heliconia psittacorum

IUCN Red List status: Not Evaluated

Protected by the following WLT projects:



The genus Heliconia contains between 100 and 200 species of flowering plants. They are an important food source for rainforest hummingbirds. Some birds even make use of Heliconias for nesting. They are common house plants.

The Parrot Heliconia is a very distinctive flower. It is named for its green-yellow flowers with black spots and red bracts resembling a parrot’s bright plumage.

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