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Cultivar epithet:  'Purpurea'

Species/hybrid:  Heliconia caribaea

Description:  Erect inflorescence; 5 to 22 distichous bracts, red, upper bracts sometimes with yellow or green distal lips; rachis red; sepals with green stripes and greenish tint on distal third and white below, some with small yellow area at the base; ovary white or cream; pedicel white or cream-yellow. Vegetation musoid, with white waxy coating on most stems, petioles, and lower leaf surfaces. Height 2.1 to 6 m (7 to 20 feet).

Publication:   Kepler, A.K. 1989. Exotic tropicals of Hawaii. Mutual Publishing, Honolulu.

Berry, F. and W.J. Kress. 1991. Heliconia: An identification guide. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington.


Heliconia caribaea 'Purpurea'
(Photo by W.J. Kress, Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution)






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