On Nov 19, 2001, Floridian from Lutz, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
Heliconia, the only genus of the family Heliconiaceae, has approximately 120 species in tropical America and the western Pacific. These large perennial herbs have brightly colored bracts and bear numerous flowers. Heliconia are typically pollinated by hummingbirds. There is a whole group of hummingbirds called "hermits" that have curved beaks, special for inserting into heliconia flowers. The fruit is bluish. The plants have stout or reed like stems and are related to bananas and bird-of-paradise.