Strelitzia reginae

COMMON NAME

Crane flower, bird of paradise

TYPE

Ginger/Heliconia

FAMILY

Strelitziaceae

NOTES

A clumping tropical plant with large gray-green leaves arise from underground rhizomes.  It is best known for its large unusual inflorescence that resembles a bird's head. It blooms intermittently throughout the year. Named in honor of Queen Charlotte, wife of George III, from the house of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. The species name reginae is Latin and means 'of the queen'.

GEOGRAPHIC REGION

South Africa

NATIVE HABITAT

Coastal bush and thicket along river banks in full sun, however sometimes it occurs and flowers on margins of forest in shade

WEB SOURCES

wikipedia.org

missouribotanicalgarden.org

pza.sanbi.org



Strelitzia reginae