Heliconia caribaea Lam.

Wild Plantain

Plant to 2 m tall. Leaves 1-2 m long, the stalks 1-1.5 m long and blades to 30 cm wide. Flower cluster erect, stalkless, the axis concealed under the 6-15 overlapping, broadly triangular 2-ranked red (occasionally maroon, yellow, cream or green) bracts which may be as long as 25 cm at the base of the cluster. Flowers white with a green tip.

West Indies

A wide selection of species and cultivars is available.

Cultivars have originated from the cross H. bihai × H. caribaea, also as selections of H. bihai, H. chartacea, H. psittacorum and H. stricta.

Source: Spencer, R. (2005). Heliconiaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Zingiberales
family       Heliconiaceae
genus        Heliconia L.