Taxon: Heliconia psittacorum L. f.

Genus: Heliconia
Family: Heliconiaceae
Nomen number: 27990
Place of publication: Suppl. pl. 158. 1782 ("1781")
Name Verified on: 08-Mar-1996 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 18-Oct-2001
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 4 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (fide Dict Gard; Hortus 3)

Distributional Range:


  • Southern America

    • Brazil: Brazil
    • Caribbean: Trinidad and Tobago - Trinidad
    • Northern South America: French Guiana; Guyana; Suriname; Venezuela
    • Western South America: Colombia

  • Naturalized:

    . sometimes natzd. elsewhere


    . also cult.


  • Aldén, B., S. Ryman & M. Hjertson Våra kulturväxters namn - ursprung och användning. Formas, Stockholm (Handbook on Swedish cultivated and utility plants, their names and origin). 2009 (Vara kulturvaxt namn)
  • Encke, F. et al. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 13. Auflage. 1984 (Zander ed13)
  • Howard, R. Flora of the lesser Antilles. 1974-1989 (F LAnt)
  • Huxley, A., ed. The new Royal Horticultural Society dictionary of gardening. 1992 (Dict Gard)
  • Kress, W. J. 1990. The taxonomy of Old World Heliconia (Heliconiaceae) (Allertonia) 6:43.
  • Kress, W. J. 1997. A synopsis of the genus Heliconia (Heliconiaceae) in Venezuela with one new variety. In: Dorr, L. J. & B. Stergios D. (eds.), John J. Wurdack Festschrift BioLlania, Ed. Espec. 6:422.
  • Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium Hortus third. 1976 (Hortus 3)
  • Standley, P. C. & J. A. Steyermark Flora of Guatemala. 1946-1976 (F Guat)

Check other web resources for Heliconia psittacorum L. f. :

  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • ICRA: International Cultivar Registration Authority (on-line resource). for Heliconia psittacorum cultivars
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.