any of a genus (Heliconia) of tropical plants of the banana family, having tall, erect leaves and spikes of flowers enclosed in brilliantly colored bracts
Origin of heliconiaModern Latin ; from L, feminine of Heliconius, of Helicon
Any of numerous plants in the tropical genus Heliconia, often cultivated for their showy inflorescences with bright red, orange, or yellow bracts.
Origin of heliconiaNew Latin Helic&omacron;nia, genus name, coined by Carolus Linnaeus after Greek Helik&omacron;n, Helicon, the mountain in Greece where the Muses were said to dwell (in punning reference to the fact that species of the genus Heliconia resemble banana plants, classified in the closely related genus Musa).
- Any of genus Heliconia of flowering plants.
From the genus name.