heliconia

noun
hel·i·co·nia | \ˌhe-lə-ˈkō-nē-ə, -nyə\

Definition of heliconia 

: any of a genus (Heliconia of the family Heliconiaceae) of perennial herbs of tropical America and islands of the western Pacific having showy brightly colored bracts and large leaves

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Situated on a cleared bluff, the two-story wooden and glass-sided lodge was surrounded by flowering plants—poinsettias, anthuriums, heliconias, and ferns—and had a breathtaking view over the descending hills to the sea. Jon Lee Anderson, Condé Nast Traveler, "Stepping Beyond Cartagena: Exploring Colombia's Northern Reaches," 21 Mar. 2018 Eight years of construction resulted in 22 acres of riotously verdant grounds (frangipani, ginger lily, heliconia, and hibiscus) and a hotel blessedly free of pretension. Condé Nast Traveler, "Rosalie Bay Resort," 20 Oct. 2017 It is punctuated by white plantation-style wood bungalows and yards made colorful with heaps of bougainvillea, stands of lobster-claw heliconia, and copses of banana and papaya trees. Hanya Yanagihara, ELLE Decor, "ELLE DECOR Goes to Honolulu," 12 July 2010 Along the way, Bedeau took pleasure in pointing out bullet wood trees, and such flowers as heliconia and bird of paradise. Mark Rogers, USA TODAY, "Spectacular waterfall hikes in Grenada," 1 May 2017 On February 17, 2015, our helicopter landed in a slotlike zone macheted out of a stand of heliconia, next to an unnamed river in the valley scientists had nicknamed Target One, or T1. Douglas Preston, The New Yorker, "An Ancient City Emerges in a Remote Rain Forest," 1 Jan. 2017 Jasmine, plumeria, banana trees, begonias, heliconias, hibiscus and ginger took root, overhung with Spanish moss. Dominique Browning, New York Times, "THE ROOFTOP GROWING GUIDE: How to Transform Your Roof Into a Vegetable Garden or Farm (Ten Speed, paper, $23)," 1 June 2016

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First Known Use of heliconia

1838, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for heliconia

New Latin, ultimately from Greek Helikōnios, from Helikōn Helicon, mountain in Greece

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