Harvested wild and young as a tender, edible starch, this "flower" is found throughout South America and now, throughout the US as a popular ornamental. Heliconia caribaea is distinguished via its bright red and yellow flowers, which are actually modified leaves, that hold nectar to attract pollinators. It does not produce a trunk but can still reach heights up over 6 feet in optimal habitat. In addition to growing without a trunk, H. caribaea also grows without a stem! Rather, it is supported by a pseudo-stem which is a modified extension of its root system making it rhizomatous, like ginger or turmeric. Its uniquely shaped flowers and bright color give it the nickname "Lobster Claw" as well.