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Bird of Paradise
Strelitziaceae
Strelitzia reginae


Thunder
Thunder
Flower Petal # 3
Main Color    
Color 2    
Type Categories Useful Parts

Shrub


Strelitziaceae Family

Strelitzia Genus
Other Names for this Plant

crane flower, Geel Piesang


Location

Native to South Africa

Physical Description
The plant grows to 2 m (6.6 ft) tall, with large, strong leaves 25–70 cm (9.8–28 in) long and 10–30 cm (3.9–12 in) broad, produced on petioles up to 1 m (39 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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Strelitziaceae
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Half Capsule Seed Division
Magnoliophyta
Magnoliophyta
Magnolia Division
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Spermatophytes
Seed Plants
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Polysporangiates
Multiple Spore Sub-Kingdom
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Air Pores Sub-Kingdom
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Streptobionta
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Plantae
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Eukaryota
Eukaryota
Cells with a Nucleus


General Information

It was first introduced to Europe in 1773, when it was grown at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Since then, it has been widely introduced around the world, including the Americas and Australia, growing well in any area that is sunny and warm

The genus is named after the duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, birthplace of Queen Charlotte of the United Kingdom, Queen Consort of King George III

The Bird of Paradise flower can be cultivated in a place where the weather is mild, temperate or even warm. It can be cultivated in most soils but ideally, the soil must be exposed to full sun; contains a pH level of 7.5; rich soil that is characterized as “well-drained”; and with regular watering. Fertilizers can also help make the Bird of Paradise grow healthy. Manure and compost when generously applied to the plant during summer and for about a month will help the Bird of Paradise to respond well in the cultivation process. To encourage and speed up the flowering of the Bird of Paradise, a proportionate level of 3:1:15 amount of fertilizer can come in handy. It is important for the Bird of Paradise to be cultivated with cautious especially during the first few months. After it has already been established, the flower can already survive even in minimal watering only

The propagation of the Bird of Paradise can take up to five years before it matures from being plain seeds only. Even if the size of the seed is that of a pea, it is best to be soaked into the water for at least 24 hours in order to soften its hard shells where it will be scratched easily for the germination process.

It is named as the official flower of Los Angeles City.

Bird of Paradise flowers are associated with liberty, magnificence, and good perspective.





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Comment: Bird of Paradise, Strelitzia reginae

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Thunder
Thunder
June 10, 2010
The info I have on the germination process is all there, when I go to Longwood Gardens next, I will ask if anyone can tell me! If I find out I will let you know

gardengeek
gardengeek
June 10, 2010
Same Order as the banana? Do you know anything else about the germination process? Do you have to scratch the seed?

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