Heliconia Golden Torch   
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Heliconia Golden Torch
ntroduced Photo: Radhika Vatsan
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. The heliconias bloom all the summer and they are great cut flowers, lasting 2 to 3 weeks. Heliconias are heavy feeders, and need rich humic soil. They also make great container plants.
Photographed in Goa
Identification credit: Radhika Vatsan • Is this flower misidentified? If yes,