Heliconia rostrata

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Heliconia rostrata


Taxonavigation: Zingiberales 
Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Monocots
Cladus: Commelinids
Ordo: Zingiberales

Familia: Heliconiaceae
Genus: Heliconia
Species: Heliconia rostrata



Heliconia rostrata Ruiz & Pav., 1802.


  • Homotypic
    • Bihai rostrata (Ruiz & Pav.) Griggs, Bull. Torrey Bot. Club 31: 445. 1904.
  • Heterotypic
    • Bihai poeppigiana (Eichler ex Petersen) Kuntze, Revis. Gen. Pl. 2: 685. 1891.
    • Heliconia poeppigiana Eichler ex Petersen, Fl. Bras. (C.F.P.von Martius & auct. suc., eds) 3(3): 18. 1890.


Native distribution areas:
  • Continental: Southern America
    • Regional: Western South America
      • Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru
    • Introduced into:
      • Bangladesh, Comoros, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Puerto Rico, Thailand

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition



Primary references


Additional references

  • Govaerts, R. 2004. World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1–54382. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Reference page

Vernacular names

বাংলা: ঝুলন্ত চিংড়ি
English: Lobster claw, False-bird-of-paradise
español: Patujú
Nederlands: Snavelheliconia
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