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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:

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

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

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  3. G'day! These are beautiful, true!
    And remind me of our WONDERFUL trip overseas too!
    Cheers! Joanne
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    Viewing as part of HAPPY Day Link Party

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

    Have a clawtastic week ;-)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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