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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

W/W - Lobster Claw

A heliconia aka Lobster Claw from my mom's garden.
Did you know that the heliconia is related to the banana, canna and ginger? The actual heliconia flower is fairly insignificant. What most people would call the 'flower' is actually a group of colourful specialised leaves, called bracts. The true flowers are hidden inside these bracts.

15 comments:

Lin said...

Wow! Those are beautiful!! So exotic! Are these hard to grow?

alissa apel said...

So pretty! I always learn something when I come here. :)

Joanne T Ferguson said...

G'day! These are beautiful, true!
And remind me of our WONDERFUL trip overseas too!
Cheers! Joanne
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stevebethere said...

Amazing! I have never seen anything like that before ;-)

Have a clawtastic week ;-)

Kristi Maloney said...

Hey Veronica,

That is a cool looking plant with a name that suits it well. Interesting that those colorful leaves are not the actually flower. Have a great week!

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My Journey With Candida said...

Well that is just one of the neatest plants I have ever seen... and it does look like a lobster claw.

Kathryn Lavallee said...

Wow what an interesting plant! I've never seen one before but they sure look neat!

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mail4rosey said...

I've never seen anything like it, it's awesome!

Kristin Aquariann said...

Fascinating plant! But I don't think it'd taste quite as good drenched in butter as a real lobster. ;D

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Mrs BC said...

I love Heliconia, they are so tropical and lush. Your mum must be a great gardener!
xx

Suzanne McClendon said...

What an interesting plant. I'm going to have to do a search on this one to see the actual flower.

Natasha Mairs (Serenity You) said...

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~ Noelle said...

how pretty and so very interesting... i love visiting your blog and learning new neat things

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