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Strelitzia ( /strɛˈlɪtsiə/) is a genus of five species of perennial plants, native to South Africa. The genus is named after the duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, birthplace of Queen Charlotte of the United Kingdom. A common name of the genus is bird of paradise flower, because of a supposed resemblance of its flowers to the bird of paradise. In South Africa it is commonly known as a crane flower.

A Strelitzia plant photographed in Alicante, Spain
The species S. nicolai is the largest in the genus, reaching 10 m tall, with stately white and blue flowers; the other species typically reach 2 to 3.5 m tall, except S. caudata which is a tree of a typically smaller size than S. nicolai. The leaves are large, 30–200 cm long and 10–80 cm broad, similar to a banana leaf in appearance but with a longer petiole, and arranged strictly in two ranks to form a fan-like crown of evergreen foliage. The flowers are produced in a horizontal inflorescence emerging from a stout spathe. They are pollinated by sunbirds, which use the spathe as a perch when visiting the flowers; the weight of the bird on the spathe opens it to release the pollen onto the bird’s feet, which is then deposited on the next flower it visits.

Comments

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterover 2 years ago

    lovely shot xx

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 2 years ago

    How beautiful, Ann!

  • Barry Norton
    Barry Nortonover 2 years ago

    Wonderful capture Ann

  • Jane Neill-Hancock
    Jane Neill-Han...11 months ago

    20-Jan-2014
    9th place out of 28 entries
    A Mirror and Its Reflection Challenge

  • EdsMum
    EdsMumabout 1 month ago

    Beautiful presentation Ann – love it – Shirley

  • EdsMum
    EdsMum18 days ago

    Congratulations 01/12/2014

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