Heliconia species (Heliconiaceae)

These understory monocots are often very conspicuous. Most species like high light levels, but a few can also be found in dark forest understory. Pollination is mostly by hummingbirds. Heliconias are often erroneously referred to as "bird-of-paradise" plants.

Heliconia schumanniana

Heliconia orthotricha

Heliconia juruana

Heliconia velutina

Heliconia stricta

Heliconia stricta

Heliconia chartaceae (photo by L. Garcia)