Heliconia Golden Torch
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Heliconia Golden Torch
ntroduced Herb Photo: Aarti Khale
Common name: Heliconia Golden Torch
Botanical name: Heliconia psittacorum x spathocircinata     Family: Heliconiaceae (Heliconia family)

Heliconias are native to tropical America, and while a few can be found in seasonally dry locations, most come fro moist and wet regions. Growing from rhizomes, they have erect shoots, each composed of a stem and leaves and terminated by an inflorescence of brilliant color, which comes from bracts rather than the actual flower. This particular hybrid originated in Andromeda Botanic Gardens in Barbados. It is a herbaceous plant growing about 1.5-2m tall. The leaves are dark-green, broadly-lanceshaped, resembling that of banana. the inflorescence is erect, comprised of orange to red-colored bracts and golden flowers. The bracts are spirally arranged along the orange to golden-colored rachis.

Identification credit: Radhika Vatsan Photographed in cultivation in Bangalore & Goa.

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