If you would like to support this site, please consider Donating.
Useful Tropical Plants

Heliconia paka

A.C.Sm.

Heliconiaceae

+ Synonyms

Common Name:

No Image.

General Information

Heliconia paka is an erect, coarse, perennial plant, superficially resembling a banana, growing 2 - 6 metres tall. The plant forms a dense clump of stems (or more correctly pseudostems) from a rhizomatous rootstock. Each stem is comprised of tightly rolled leaf sheaths. The oblong leaves can be up to 2 - 3 metres long[
490
Title
Flora Vitiensis Nova
Publication
 
Author
Smith. A.C.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Pacific Tropical Botanical Garden; Hawaii
Year
1979
ISBN
 
Description
A comprehensive flora of Fiji, often showing plant uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
,
859
Title
Contributions from the United States National Herbarium Vol. 37
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Smithsonian Institution Press; Washington
Year
1969
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical journal, containing various articles on plants. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of materials.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

490
Title
Flora Vitiensis Nova
Publication
 
Author
Smith. A.C.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Pacific Tropical Botanical Garden; Hawaii
Year
1979
ISBN
 
Description
A comprehensive flora of Fiji, often showing plant uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
,
859
Title
Contributions from the United States National Herbarium Vol. 37
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Smithsonian Institution Press; Washington
Year
1969
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical journal, containing various articles on plants. It can be downloaded from the Internet.

Range

Pacific - Fiji.

Habitat

Dense rainforest and wet thickets at elevations up to 750 metres[
490
Title
Flora Vitiensis Nova
Publication
 
Author
Smith. A.C.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Pacific Tropical Botanical Garden; Hawaii
Year
1979
ISBN
 
Description
A comprehensive flora of Fiji, often showing plant uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
,
859
Title
Contributions from the United States National Herbarium Vol. 37
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Smithsonian Institution Press; Washington
Year
1969
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical journal, containing various articles on plants. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height3.00 m
PollinatorsBats, Birds
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



The plant can flower and produce fruit all year round[
490
Title
Flora Vitiensis Nova
Publication
 
Author
Smith. A.C.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Pacific Tropical Botanical Garden; Hawaii
Year
1979
ISBN
 
Description
A comprehensive flora of Fiji, often showing plant uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Edible Uses

Seed - cooked[
490
Title
Flora Vitiensis Nova
Publication
 
Author
Smith. A.C.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Pacific Tropical Botanical Garden; Hawaii
Year
1979
ISBN
 
Description
A comprehensive flora of Fiji, often showing plant uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
,
859
Title
Contributions from the United States National Herbarium Vol. 37
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Smithsonian Institution Press; Washington
Year
1969
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical journal, containing various articles on plants. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Flowers - raw or boiled[
490
Title
Flora Vitiensis Nova
Publication
 
Author
Smith. A.C.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Pacific Tropical Botanical Garden; Hawaii
Year
1979
ISBN
 
Description
A comprehensive flora of Fiji, often showing plant uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
,
859
Title
Contributions from the United States National Herbarium Vol. 37
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Smithsonian Institution Press; Washington
Year
1969
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical journal, containing various articles on plants. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The leaves are suitable for thatching temporary shelters[
859
Title
Contributions from the United States National Herbarium Vol. 37
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Smithsonian Institution Press; Washington
Year
1969
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical journal, containing various articles on plants. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Propagation

Seed -

Add a Comment:

If you have any useful information about this plant, please leave a comment. Comments have to be approved before they are shown here.