Belize Photo: Heliconia Wagneriana

Belize’s “Lobster Claw” Heliconia

Belize Photo: Heliconia Wagneriana

Today’s Belize Photo of the Day is the Heliconia Wagneriana. This species is a medium-sized heliconia that has beautiful pale yellow bracts with bright pink cheeks and thin green borders. In fact, the floweret is said to appear as a lobster claw, and in Belize it has been dubbed as the lobster claw heliconia.

Interestingly, these tropical perennial flowers are actually highly modified leaves and bracts and can sprout up to about 6 to 8 feet in height. They grow best in shade or in partial shade and in cool and exotic gardens. In the tropics, it has become increasingly popular in floral decor arrangements.

Photo taken at The Lodge at Chaa Creek by Naturalist Guide: Allan Chan

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