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Name: Elizabeth
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arctangent
Jan 26, 2021 6:01 PM CST
Heliconia 'snake'

Bloom panicles of this heliconia (lobster claw) plant hang vertically. I rotated a photo of one such, so I could crop just the serpentine stem for the banner. This particular panicle had already produced fruit, small yellow green berries that are covered with the same white cilia seen here.

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Here's the full shot, but rotated from its original orientation, to match the banner orientation. The original orientation is 90° counterclockwise from this, i.e. the right edge becomes the top edge.

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Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Jan 26, 2021 6:21 PM CST
Very nice abstract effect in that banner, curves and fur and everything. Thumbs up
Name: Marilyn
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CDsSister
Jan 26, 2021 6:22 PM CST
Great Photo . Could you please show the full plant.
Thanks
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Char
Jan 26, 2021 6:31 PM CST
Really interesting!!!! A great what the heck is that moment. Thumbs up
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crawgarden
Jan 26, 2021 6:44 PM CST
Interesting banner Elizabeth!
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pod
Jan 26, 2021 6:47 PM CST
Very cool! Reptilian was what crossed my mind when I saw this banner.
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Frenchy21
Jan 26, 2021 6:53 PM CST
Very interesting and mysterious banner!
Name: Elizabeth
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arctangent
Jan 26, 2021 7:09 PM CST
CDsSister said:Great Photo . Could you please show the full plant.
Thanks


I looked back over some old photos and found that I seldom photographed more than the inflorescences of this plant. I did find one which shows the middle portion of what is a very tall plant, including some of the hanging 'snakes', stems, and leaves. I hope it gives at least a hint of what kind of plant, overall, this particular heliconia is. There are many different heliconias, and I don't even know whether this one is typical of most of them, or atypical. I've only ever seen three different types of heliconia. This one is Heliconia vellerigera


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This plant is located at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Another garden.org member, DaylilySLP has posted photos of the same plant here
Kitty Kat Heliconia (Heliconia vellerigera)

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Name: Sean B
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Whitebeard
Jan 26, 2021 7:54 PM CST
Wonderfully interesting banner, Elizabeth. It just draws one in with a big "what is that?!" Smiling
Name: Laurie
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lauriemorningglory
Jan 26, 2021 8:30 PM CST
pod said:Very cool! Reptilian was what crossed my mind when I saw this banner.


Yes, me, too!
Very unusual banner, Elizabeth!
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Fleur569
Jan 26, 2021 8:43 PM CST
Wow, what a banner! At first glance I thought it was something from under a microscope...but then your information and related photos taught me something new. Thank you for steering us into fresh avenues of knowledge.
Name: Marilyn
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CDsSister
Jan 26, 2021 8:57 PM CST
Thanks for the link as well as the full picture. I guess as a tropical? it is out of my zone. Very interesting. And made me do some research which is a good thing. I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you.
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plantmanager
Jan 26, 2021 9:06 PM CST
I grew this outside in the Marshall Islands. It grew really well there. We got 100 inches of rain a year and had high humidity all year. Florida probably is a good place for it if the occasional freezes don't hit it.
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nmoasis
Jan 26, 2021 9:24 PM CST
Super banner! Thumbs up
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dirtdorphins
Jan 26, 2021 9:44 PM CST
Fabulous!
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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EscondidoCal
Jan 27, 2021 1:38 PM CST
Whoa! Great banner & interesting plant, Elizabeth! Thumbs up

I tried to ID it from the photo before seeing your title, and
thought it might be some kind of ginger.
Amazing form & details in the image, plus pleasing color scheme.

Heliconia vellerigera is a plant species in the family Heliconiaceae, native to Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Costa Rica.
It is a large herb up to 6 m (20 feet) tall with a pendulous inflorescence of 20-30 red-orange bracts covered with cinnamon-colored hairs.
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(surprised Wiki didn't have more info)

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Name: Elizabeth
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arctangent
Jan 28, 2021 7:03 AM CST
Hearty thanks to all who contributed to this thread with comments, thumbs, and acorns. I was especially happy that it introduced some to a plant they weren't familiar with. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!
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Name: Elizabeth
Ann Arbor, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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arctangent
Jan 28, 2021 7:10 AM CST
Thanks @EscondidoCal for the comments and the extra research. I especially liked this article you found. I learned things I didn't yet know about the plant itself, and the meaning behind the genus name and the specific epithet. Thumbs up

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Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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EscondidoCal
Jan 28, 2021 3:47 PM CST
Welcome! Elizabeth! Smiling

BTW, the link didn't work....typo? I just copy/pasted.
Here it is again.
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Name: Elizabeth
Ann Arbor, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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arctangent
Jan 31, 2021 1:33 PM CST
EscondidoCal said: Welcome! Elizabeth! Smiling

BTW, the link didn't work....typo? I just copy/pasted.
Here it is again.
https://www.monaconatureencycl...


That's odd, because I think I copied and pasted that URL from your initial post, where the link worked fine. I only included it so you'd know which of your three links I was referring to. Kind of a head scratcher. One of life's little mysteries... Shrug! Smiling
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