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The autumn winds have brought down the lurid, neon-green, curiously wrinkled fruits of the Osage orange...
The autumn winds have brought down the lurid, neon-green, curiously wrinkled fruits of the Osage orange...
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Heliconia rostrata

This dramatic tropical plant from north-west South America is commonly known as the pendulous lobster claw. The thick rope-like, scarlet flower stem dangles down and zigzags, with a flower projecting from each bend.
The flower itself is a modest affair but it is housed in very conspicuous and robust bright scarlet and yellow bracts - rather like a hermit crab in its protective shell. The flowers are rich with nectar, attracting hummingbirds in the wild.

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