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Useful Tropical Plants

Heliconia schiedeana

Klotzsch

Heliconiaceae

+ Synonyms

Bihai geniculata Griggs

Bihai schiedeana (Klotzsch) Kuntz

Heliconia geniculata (Griggs) L.B.Sm.

Heliconia hirsuta Schltdl. & Cham.

Common Name:

Heliconia schiedeana
Flowering stem
Photograph by: Dick Culbert
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Heliconia schiedeana Heliconia schiedeana

General Information

Heliconia schiedeana is an evergreen perennial plant that looks somewhat like a banana plant and grows from 1.5 - 3 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.
].
The leaves are sometimes harvested from the wild for thatching and packing material[
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

Central America - southern Mexico.

Habitat

Not known

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Perennial
Height2.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

A plant of the humid tropics, it can also be grown in humid subtropical and warm temperate 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

None known

Other Uses

The large leaves are used locally as thatching material and for wrapping items[
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.
].

Propagation

Seed -
Division of offsets.

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