Heliconia tortuosa

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Heliconia tortuosa
Heliconia-tortuosa.jpg
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
Griggs
Synonyms[1]

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]

References[edit]

  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.