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Venezuelan Aroids

Jason, I don't know of any Heliconia species whose stems branch and, 
if this is the case, it's probably not a H. species.  Nor would the 
term "panicle" apply to the form of the inflorescence of a Heliconia;
although the zig-zagged rachis of the inflorescence of many H species
may appear (especially from a distance) to form a panicle.  

Some Canna species produce inflorescences that are technically 
panicles, and the leaves of some are quite reminiscent of those
of some Heliconia species.  Again, hoswever, I don't think there
is a species with branching pseudostems.

It's really the branching stem that seems the problem.  Could it be
that what you saw *appeared* to have branching pseudostems because
of its clumping habit?  

Robert Lee Riffle, author of THE TROPICAL LOOK

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