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Strelitzia reginae (bird-of-paradise flower)

A bold, architectural plant, bird-of-paradise flower has been grown at Kew since 1773.
Strelitzia reginae

Strelitzia reginae (Photo: Wolfgang Stuppy)

Species information

Scientific name: 

Strelitzia reginae Banks

Common name: 

bird-of-paradise flower, crane flower

Conservation status: 

Not yet assessed according to IUCN Red List criteria.

Habitat: 

River banks and scrub clearings in coastal areas.

Key Uses: 

Ornamental.

Known hazards: 

None known.

Taxonomy

Subclass: 
Superorder: 
Lilianae
Order: 
Zingiberales
Family: 
Strelitziaceae
Genus: Strelitzia

About this species

Bird-of-paradise flower, or crane flower as it is sometimes known, was first introduced into Britain in 1773 by Sir Joseph Banks, then the unofficial director of the Royal Gardens at Kew (as they were known at that time). He named the exotic-looking plant Strelitzia in honour of Queen Charlotte, wife of George III and Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, who lived at Kew for many years.

Genus: 
Strelitzia

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