Any of numerous plants in the tropical genus Heliconia, often cultivated for their showy inflorescences with bright red, orange, or yellow bracts.
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 heliconia
- New Latin Helicōnia genus name coined by Carolus Linnaeus after Greek Helikōn 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)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From the genus name.