Monographs Details: Heliconia acuminata Rich. subsp. acuminata
Authority: Mori, S. A., et al. 1997. Guide to the vascular plants of central French Guiana: Part 1. Pteridophytes, gymnosperms, and monocotyledons. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 76: 1-422.
Description:Species Description - Herbs, to 2 m tall. Leaves: blade bright green, the abaxial surface of midrib red, the margin reddish-brown. Inflorescences with narrowly boat-shaped bracts, these in one plane at more or less right angles to rachis, coriaceous, open, red. Flowers: perianth dull green mottled with yellow, orange at spiapex; ovary yellow. Immature fruits yellow, triangular, the mature fruits blue.
Distribution and Ecology - Fl (Feb, Mar, Aug); common, scattered in small clumps in forest on well-drained soils. Balisier, baleou petit balourou, petit balyou