Heliconia tortuosa

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Heliconia tortuosa
H. tortuosa in Monteverde, Costa Rica
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Zingiberales
Family: Heliconiaceae
Genus: Heliconia
Species: H. tortuosa
Binomial name
Heliconia tortuosa

Bihai tortuosa (Griggs) Griggs

Heliconia tortuosa is an herbaceous tropical perennial commonly found in secondary succession in montane forests in Central America and southern Mexico (Chiapas and Tabasco).[2] It is moderately shade tolerant. It has also been widely cultivated as a garden plant for its showy, usually twisted (hence the name tortuosa) inflorescences.[3][4]

Heliconia tortuosa is selective with its pollination, allowing only green hermit and violet sabrewing hummingbirds to pollinate its flowers.[5]


  1. ^ The Plant List, Heliconia tortuosa
  2. ^ Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families, Heliconia tortuosa
  3. ^ Andersson, L. 1992. Revision of Heliconia subgen. Taeniostrobus and subgen. Heliconia (Musaceae-Heliconioideae). Opera Botanica 111: 1–98.
  4. ^ Griggs, Robert Fiske. 1903. Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club 30(12): 650, t. 29, f. 1. Heliconia tortuosa
  5. ^ Betts, Matthew G., Hadley, Adam S. and Kress, W. John (10 February 2015). "Pollinator recognition by a keystone tropical plant". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 112: 3433–3438. doi:10.1073/pnas.1419522112. Retrieved 2 March 2015.