Strelitzia reginae Banks ex Aiton, Hort. Kew. 1: 285 1789. (syn: Heliconia strelizia J.F.Gmel.; Strelitzia angustifolia W.T.Aiton; Strelitzia cucullata Volut; Strelitzia farinosa W.T.Aiton; Strelitzia gigantea J.Kern.; Strelitzia glauca A.Rich.; Strelitzia humilis Link; Strelitzia ovata W.T.Aiton; Strelitzia parvifolia W.T.Aiton; Strelitzia prolifera Carrière; Strelitzia pumila Planch.; Strelitzia reginae var. crinita W.J.Richards; Strelitzia reginae var. farinosa (W.T.Aiton) Baker; Strelitzia reginae f. flava (C.Morren) Siebert & Voss; Strelitzia reginae var. flava C.Morren; Strelitzia reginae var. glauca (A.Rich.) Baker; Strelitzia reginae var. humilis (Link) Baker; Strelitzia reginae f. humilis (Link) Siebert & Voss; Strelitzia reginae var. lemoinieri Miellez ex Planch.; Strelitzia reginae var. ovata (W.T.Aiton) Baker; Strelitzia reginae subsp. parvifolia (W.T.Aiton) Maire & Weiller; Strelitzia reginae var. rutilans C.Morren; Strelitzia reginae var. spathulata Maire & Weiller, not validly publ.; Strelitzia rutilans C.Morren; Strelitzia spathulata Volut);

Cape Prov. to KwaZulu-Natal as per WCSP;

Native to: Cape Provinces, KwaZulu-Natal; Introduced into: Bangladesh, Juan Fernández Is., Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest as per POWO;

Strelitzia, Crane Flower, Bird of Paradise;



-the Bird of Paradise– Saw a lot of them yesterday in LA, Hollywood.










Commelinales & Zingiberales Week: Bird-of-paradise: Common name : Bird-of-paradise
Botanical name :Strelitzia reginae
Place               : Vashi, Navi Mumbai
Date                 : 5.2.2011

– Here are mine from Delhi and California where it is  very commonly grown

The Bird of Paradise is the national flower of Madeira. It grows everywhere in Madeira. I saw them even along the treck-paths and along the levandas, the human made water canals. But when I visited Madeira, I made slides. no digital fotos.

– After seeing more photographs I am inclined to think that although my Californian plant is clearly Strelitzia reginae (the boat shaped structure formed by two lateral petals is clear), my two photographs from Delhi,
probably don’t belong here. They may be some species of Heliconia. I will be uploading them separately

Commelinales & Zingiberales Week: Bird of Paradise: Bird-of-paradise Heliconia family

Commelinales & Zingiberales Week: Heliconiaceae, Heliconia from Delhi for ID: I had initially identified this plant as Strelitzia reginae and uploaded in that thread, but perhaps it belongs to genus Heliconia, because of narrow
perianth tube. Experts may please comment.

– I am confused, but for me this is Sterlitzia only!!!

– I think this is Strelitzia reginae

– I feel that it is strelitzia, as you yourself thought first.



MS 140711 -40 – Strelitzia reginae -Bird of paradise.: Strelitzia reginaeBird of paradise, crane flower.
Family: Strelitziaceae. Photos taken on 11.7.2011.  Place: Ramakrishnashrama, Mysore.
Like many of our most flamboyant and fascinating plants, the bird-of-paradise flower is native to South Africa

Yes …One of the very commonly planted house plants in California.

yes… in southern us  states, its rampant… so common that we never photographed it… now it seems i must..just to document…
and being planted by people who want to make money in  cut flower upscale market in india… many private gardens and farms are growing these as a cash crop in bengal and most likely nearby old bihar…now two states…
where ever its hot dry and some controlled rain…



I photographed this beautiful flower- Strelitzia reginae today. Location- Pu La Deshpande Garden, Pune (Sinhagad road)
Date- 1 st Oct 11.

Very Nice …. adding some of my pis also

Really, the sheath from which the flower emerges -spathe ( placed perpendicular to the stem )  gives it the appearance of a bird’s head and beak.


Fwd: STRELITZIA REGINAE( BIRD OF PARADISE ) : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (3)

Attaching three images of Strelitzia reginae (BIRD OF PARADISE).


Strelitzia reginae Banks : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)


Location:  Gyaneswor, Kathmandu, Nepal
Elevation :  4500 ft.
Date 11 September 2015
Habit : Cultivated




Heliconia FOR ID :: Virajpet, Coorg :: 11 NOV 19 : 10 posts by 3 authors. 1 correct image.

… at a resort  in Virajpet, Coorg

Dates: November 11 – 12, 2019 … Altitude: about 910 m (3000 ft) asl

Heliconia ¿ species ?

Dear friends,
Please help with ID. Hope the pictures show sufficient aspects.

I guess there is mix up of two sp.

1st image is Strelitzia reginae

Yes …, the first pic is of 11 NOV, and the rest are of 12 NOV.
I mistook them to be same plants.

Thanks very much for the ID of the first pic.

Rest sp. Heliconia psittacorum ??

Yes, you must be correct, …!!!

Thank you very much for sorting the mess.

1, Sterlitzia reginae
2 may be not??? heliconia psittocorum, diagnostic red bract is absent seems to be bud…  it seems to be heliconia angusta, yellow christmas var, or heliconia psittacorum, yellow parrot flower.
3 bract is large like Sterliztia reginae so it has its seeds.

4th one…. i dont know…. i dont exactly recall properties of seeds in the heliconia

STERLITZIA NICOLAI ( BIRD OF PARADISE ): 8 posts by 5 authors. 1 image.

Attaching a collage of Sterlitzia nicolai (BIRD OF PARADISE). I saw this beauty for the first time in Loyed Botanic garden at Darjelling in 1965. Next time I saw it in a flower show at Dehradun.

yes. they can be spectacular

Is it Sterlitzia nicolai or S. reginai?

Isn’t this Strelitzia reginae, comparatively short plants with orange flowers?

Strelitzia nicolai are taller plants with white flowers.

Other recipients:
I will correct accordingly. Thank you Aarti ji. With regards, Bimal
I will correct accordingly.

Thanks for catching it, … I did not read … note above. I just looked at the picture. my mistake.
The distinctions are :

S. Nicolai are huge plants about 7 to 10 feet tall, blue black bract and white sepals and blue stamen with white stigma sticking out and they begin to look messy after a day or two and S. reginae plants are shorter, flowers with yellow sepals,  green bracts and blue stamen with white stigma sticking out they seem to maintain their form much longer and don’t make a visual mess.





Strelitzia reginae Banks : 3 posts by 1 author. 3 images- 7 mb each.
Location : Gyaneswor, Kathmandu, Nepal
Elevation : 1300 m.
Date : 16 April 2020

Habitat : Cultivated
Strelitzia reginae from Fremont California-GS02112020-2 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (2)
Strelitzia reginae

Photographed from Fremont California,,+27-Nov-2020+10:55:45+GMT
Strelitzia reginae from Sunnyvale California-GS02112020-3 : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)

Photographed from Sunnyvale, California, 19-10-2010


Superb photographs. This is a common garden plant in Mysore /Bangalore