Strelitzia, the bird-flower

Strelitzia, the bird-flower
Given its appearance, it's no wonder that the Strelitzia is some times referred to as the Bird-of-Paradise, or Crane Flower.

The Strelitzia Reginae is indigenous to South Africa - and in fact, although this isn't ours, we do have one in our garden. The foliage of this plant is evergreen and the large leaves are shaped a little like those of a banana tree - only smaller.

An interesting piece of trivia, that may help you out in a game-show some day, is that (according to Wikipedia) the Strelitzia is named after Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the wife of King George III - although, I believe the flower is somewhat prettier than the painting of the queen shows her to have been. :-o

6 thoughts on “Strelitzia, the bird-flower

  1. Ali

    A ZA flower is called after a German princess? I think, I apply for Who wants to be a millioaire. If I win the million, I’ll buy you a 5D Mark II. :P

  2. Deems

    Stunning pic Paul – and yes, it does look way prettier than that princess (looks back at painting, shudders).

    It’s such a unique looking flower – no usual symmetry you find with most flowers.

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