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09/11/2013 at 17:25

Hi. This plant was grown from A seedling which came with other seedlings from EBay. Think it may be a bird of paradise but flowers are different. More like a shiny parrot's beak. Any ideas?



09/11/2013 at 18:54

Bird of Paradise is strelitzia, it's not that. 

I don't recognize it, sorry


09/11/2013 at 19:55

It does look familiar but I can't put my finger on it.  Any chance of a clearer closer photo?

09/11/2013 at 21:43

There is a false bird of paradise plant called Heliconia rostrata 'Parrot's Beak '/ lobster claw plant. Which fits in the the names.

However, Heliconia tend to have long thin leaves and the picture above is not clear, so am assuming the pic is of a juvenile Heliconia leaves and flower.

10/11/2013 at 08:26

The texture of the leaves looks wrong for a heliconia to me.  

The stem and leaves look a bit like a brugmansia/datura possibly?

10/11/2013 at 09:26

Not a Brugmansia.

10/11/2013 at 09:31

Is it abutilon megapotamicum? Is that the flower bud?


10/11/2013 at 10:25

Could it be a form of impatiens?

10/11/2013 at 10:32

Himalayan balsam?

10/11/2013 at 10:37

It's not himalayan balsam but I don't know other membersof the family well enough to say.

10/11/2013 at 11:23

Ta for all your responses. It's not Lobster claw. Have one of these. I will try to make the first pic clearer.


10/11/2013 at 11:55

You could try Impatiens niamnianensis the flowers of this plant are shaped like a parrots beak

10/11/2013 at 15:39

I think you've got it izzy.

10/11/2013 at 16:32

not one of those shrimp plants is it?

10/11/2013 at 17:45

I do believe izzy is right.

10/11/2013 at 18:22

I think she is. I've never seen it for real but have just looked at photos. Once you get past all the red and yellow ones there are some like the picrture above

10/11/2013 at 19:48

I had to google Impatiens niamnianensis. Not the best time of year to have impatians seedlings but am sure it will get through the winter inside.

11/11/2013 at 10:47

I was a bit thrown at first cause I've only seen red and yellow flowers. I bought one at a plant sale some years back but lost it,

19/11/2013 at 08:12

Ta for all responses. Izzy is right, it is Impatiens niamnianensis. We will mollycoddle it all winter and if it survives will post some photos of it in early spring.

Thanks again.

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