Heliconia psittacorum

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Heliconia psittacorum
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Zingiberales
Family: Heliconiaceae
Genus: Heliconia
H. psittacorum
Binomial name
Heliconia psittacorum
  • 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 brasiliensis var. concolor Petersen
  • Heliconia cannoidea A.Rich.
  • Heliconia goiasensis Barreiros
  • Heliconia hirsuta var. cannoidea (A.Rich.) Baker
  • Heliconia humilis (Aubl.) Jacq.
  • Heliconia marantifolia G.Shaw
  • Heliconia psittacorum var. rhizomatosa Aristeg.
  • Heliconia psittacorum var. robusta Eichler ex Petersen
  • Heliconia psittacorum var. spathacea Eichler ex Petersen
  • Heliconia schomburgkiana Klotzsch
  • Heliconia swartziana Roem. & Schult.
  • Heliconia sylvestris (Gleason) L.B.Sm.
  • Musa humilis Aubl.

Heliconia psittacorum (parrot's beak, parakeet flower, parrot's flower, parrot's plantain, false bird-of-paradise) is a perennial herb native to the Caribbean and South America. It is considered native to French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, Venezuela, Colombia, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Panama and Trinidad and Tobago. It is reportedly naturalized in Gambia, Thailand, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, Jamaica and the Lesser Antilles.[2] It is often cultivated as a tropical ornamental plant in regions outside its native range. Unlike most species of plants that require the use of pollinators for pollination the H. Psittacorum naturally prefers the absence of pollinators for pollination. In other words, it is well capable of pollinating itself, any use of pollinators can do more harm than good. The flower has both male parts (anthers) and female parts (stigma and pistil), also referred to as a hermaphroditic angiosperm.[3][4][5][6]<ref>Aristeguieta, Leandro. 1961. El Género Heliconia en Venezuela no. 16a, Heliconia psittacorum var. rhizomatosa


  1. ^ The Plant List Heliconia psittacorum
  2. ^ Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families, Heliconia psittacorum
  3. ^ PLANTS Profile for Heliconia psittacorum (Parakeetflower) USDA Plants
  4. ^ "Heliconia psittacorum". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  5. ^ Linnaeus, Carl von f. 1782. Supplementum Plantarum 158. Heliconia psittacorum
  6. ^ Aublet, Jean Baptiste Christophe Fusée. 1775. Histoire des Plantes de la Guiane Françoise 931, Musa humilis

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