When my brother forwarded a small photo of this plant he found among some wild undergrowth, my first thought was “wow, such lovely birds!” Then on a closer look, i found out that they were in fact Heliconia Rostrata. As the plants were probably undernourished, the flowers in their full bloom looked exactly like majestic, dainty little birds in all their fine array.
This is a case of a plant ‘trying’ to look like birds. It’s no wonder they are called False Bird of Paradise or also Hanging Lobster Claw! Interestingly enough, these flowers provide nectar for the birds too.
Seeing these beautiful flowers make me smile in amusement because of God’s sense of humour in nature. This is one of the proofs to me sometimes, although un-biblical, that God really does have a sense of humour, and, not only in His creations but in our lives too. By R