Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Strelitzia Reginae

I have been wondering lately if I should give this bird a name.  Oh right, she already has one...I could easily call her Reginae, or maybe Ginae for short.  Her development has been a real treat to watch.  She blossomed a fourth flower if I am reading the info about her correctly.
Birds of Paradise flowers are produced in a horizontal inflorescence emerging from a stout spathe.
The Birds of Paradise flower inflorescence is borne atop long scapes, or pedicels, that grow to 5 feet or more in height. The flower on the Birds of Paradise plant is the most unusual part.
A series of highly colored bracts, or modified leaves, are formed into green, red, and or purplish canoe-like structures. Bracts vary between 4-8 inches long, depending upon the age and size of the Birds of Paradise plant.
Each Birds of Paradise flower is made up of three upright orange sepals and three highly modified vivid blue petals. Two of the petals are joined together in a structure resembling an arrowhead with the third petal forming a nectary at the base of the flower.
Each bract contains 2 or more protruding Birds of Paradise florets of bright yellow or orange elongated petals and a bright blue tongue. The female part of the Birds of Paradise flower is the long extension of the blue tongue, which is extended well away from the stamens.

The above is a direct quote from The Flower Experts if you care for a little more information.

No comments:

Post a Comment