Inflorescence of the Costa Rican Helosis. From right to left: an inflorescence still covered by polygonal scales; an inflorescence in which male flowers are beginning to emerge; and an inflorescence from which some scales have fallen, revealing a covering of female flowers. The top of the plant body from which the flowering stalks have emerged is at lower left; it connects with the root of a tree (not shown).
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