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Tropicals & Tender Perennials: Heliconia aurantiaca Griggs?

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suzanne_cook
victoria
Canada

August 8, 2011
11:28 PM

Post #8745833

Took these pics in the rainforest of Chiapas, MX. I only know the Maya name for these. I scanned the web and found Heliconia aurantiaca Griggs comes closest, but I could be wrong. I'm not a Ginger expert.
Thanks for your help

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suzanne_cook
victoria
Canada

August 8, 2011
11:29 PM

Post #8745834

here's a CU

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TimChapman
Saint Gabriel, LA

August 8, 2011
11:43 PM

Post #8745864

Not a heliconia expert but it doesn't look like H aurantiaca. Look up H librata, that's probably what you saw and is native to the same areas. H aurantiaca would have a smaller inflorescence, different bract shape etc.

Tim Chapman
suzanne_cook
victoria
Canada

August 9, 2011
12:24 AM

Post #8745903

Thanks, Tim:)
TejasTropicals
Cleveland, TX

August 9, 2011
9:53 AM

Post #8746551

I believe Tim has it right. It's hard to tell on an old inflorescence but they are usually bright yellow. The shape and upright presentation doesnt really match the other S. Mexican species and the only other match would be a SW. American H. lingulata.
suzanne_cook
victoria
Canada

August 10, 2011
2:09 PM

Post #8749129

Thanks to both of you. I'm marking this thread as solved:)

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