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Useful Tropical Plants

Heliconia farinosa

Raddi

Heliconiaceae

+ Synonyms

Bihai brasiliensis (Hook.) Kuntze

Bihai pulverulenta (Lindl.) Kuntze

Heliconia brasiliensis Hook.

Heliconia pulverulenta Lindl.

Heliconia sampaioana Emygdio

Heliconia speciosa Horan.

Heliconia velloziana Emygdio

Common Name:

Heliconia farinosa
Flowering stems
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General Information

Heliconia farinosa is an evergreen perennial plant that looks somewhat like a banana plant and grows from 1 - 2.5 metres tall[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].
It is sometimes harvested from the wild for local medicinal use[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.

Range

S. America - Brazil, Argentina.

Habitat

Not known

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Perennial
Height2.00 m
PollinatorsHummingbirds
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

A plant of the humid tropics, it can also be grown in humid subtropical areas[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].
Requires a moist, fertile, humus-rich soil and a semi-shady position[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The seeds are used in the treatment of diarrhoea[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].

The roots are used in the treatment of gonorrhoea[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
Division of offsets.

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