Bihai borinquena (Griggs) Griggs
Bihai conferta (Petersen) Kuntze
Bihai luteofusca (Jacq.) Kuntze
Heliconia borinquena Griggs
Heliconia conferta Petersen
Heliconia luteofusca Jacq.
Close-up of the flowers
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Heliconia caribaea is a large, evergreen perennial plant that looks rather like a banana plant. It produces a pseudostem 3 - 6 metres tall from a rhizomatous rootstock. The leaf stems are up to 2 metres long, the leaf blades oblong or elliptic-oblong, up to 1 metre long or more, 20 - 35cm wide[
]. The inflorescence are erect with short peduncle, 30 - 50cm long[
The plant is harvested from the wild as a local source of food. It is widely cultivated as an ornamental plant in gardens.
Caribbean - Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Leeward Isles, Windward Isles.
Frequent in humid ravines and on moist or wet hillsides at low to middle elevations from 50 - 700 metres[
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
A plant of the humid tropics, it can also be grown in humid subtropical areas[
Requires a moist, fertile, humus-rich soil and a semi-shady position[
Young shoots - cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
The rhizomes are a source of starch[
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