What the heliconia?

Images by T.Dashfield

Heliconia, derived from the Greek word helikonios, is a genus of about 100 to 200 species of flowering plants native to the tropical Americas and the Pacific Ocean islands west to Indonesia. Many species of Heliconia are found in rainforests or tropical wet forests of these regions. Common names for the genus include lobster-claws, wild plantains or false bird-of-paradise. The last term refers to their close similarity to the bird-of-paradise flowers (Strelitzia). Collectively, these plants are also simply referred to as heliconias.  (Wikipedia)

When we were in Grand Cayman one of the many things on our to do list was to visit the Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Park.  Beautiful and exotic plants, flowers, animals and trees many of which I had never seen before were just waiting for me to photograph like these heliconias for one.   I’m not positive but I…

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