Lobster claw Heliconia... only nature can do that! Heliconia, derived from the Greek word helikonios, is a genus of about 100 to 200 species of flowering plants native to the tropical Americas and the Pacific Ocean islands west to Indonesia. Common names for the genus include lobster-claws, wild plantains or false bird-of-paradise. The last term refers to their close similarity to the bird-of-paradise flowers (Strelitzia). Collectively, these plants are also simply referred to as…
Mastic (Mastichodendron foetidissimum) also goes by several other common names - false mastic, jungle plum, and wild olive. Mastic grows in coastal areas of Florida, the Bahamas, and West Indies. Mastic is most common in the Keys and south Florida but can be found on the east coast up to Volusia County. Mastic has a small, edible fruit that is bitter and somewhat acidic. The fruit has a gummy, white sap that glues a person's lips together after eating a couple of the fruits.
Heliconia, derived from the Greek word helikonios, is a genus of about 100 to 200 species of flowering plants found in rainforests or tropical wet forests of these regions. Common names for the genus include lobster-claws, wild plantains or false bird-of-paradise.
The heliconia flowers are also known by many other names. These names include wild plantain, lobster-claw, and false bird-of-paradise flowers. These flowers come in many sizes and colors and are shaped in such a way, that only a few birds can reach them for nectar. They are found in a rainbow of colors, patterns and sizes, making them popular decorative flowers around the world.