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Bird of Paradise
Strelitziaceae
Strelitzia reginae


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Strelitziaceae Family

Strelitzia Genus
Other Names for this Plant

Strelitzia, Crane Flower


Location

This plant grows wild in South Africa, and today, is commonly found in Brazil.

Physical Description
The plant grows to 2 m (6½ ft) tall, with large, strong leaves 25-70 cm (10-28 in) long and 10-30 cm (4-12 in) broad, produced on petioles up to 1 m (about 40 in) long. The leaves are evergreen and arranged in two ranks, making a fan-shaped crown. The flowers stand above the foliage at the tips of long stalks. The hard, beak-like sheath from which the flower emerges is termed the spathe. This is placed perpendicular to the stem, which gives it the appearance of a bird's head and beak; it makes a durable perch for holding the sunbirds which pollinate the flowers. The flowers, which emerge one at a time from the spathe, consist of three brilliant orange sepals and three purplish-blue petals. Two of the blue petals are joined together to form an arrow-like nectary. When the sunbirds sit to drink the nectar, the petals open to cover their feet in pollen.


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General Information

Bird-of-Paradise or crane flower (Strelitzia reginae) is a native of South Africa and is closely related to the banana.

Means: Freedom, Magnificence, Good perspective

Official flower of the city of Los Angeles, California, USA. This plant grows wild in South Africa, and today, iscommonly found in Brazil.



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Comment: Bird of Paradise, Strelitzia reginae

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glenn

knoxville,tn. May 11, 2010
i would to know more about common disease in the bird of paradise grown in containers.: thank you much
gardengeek
gardengeek
April 22, 2010
You are right again! Thanks!
jamills
jamills
April 22, 2010
isn't that a "Bird of Paradise"?

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