Spermatophyta: Monocotyledonae: Zingiberales
- Strelitzia family
Description of the family
Perennial herbs or banana-like trees with true stems. Leaves usually very large, distichous. Inflorescence partially enclosed by a boat-shaped bract. Flowers bisexual, zygomorphic. Sepals 3, petaloid; lowest boat-shaped towards the base. Petals 3, ± 3, the 2 lower connivent and forming a sagittate blade with a central channel containing the floral parts; upper petal much smaller. Stamens 5. Ovary inferior, 3-locular. Fruit a woody capsule. Seeds with a woolly aril.
Worldwide: 3 genera and 7 species, tropical America, southern Africa and Madagascar.
Zimbabwe: 2 cultivated genera and 2 cultivated taxa.
No image of a cultivated species but there is an image of a native or naturalised species
Other sources of information about Strelitziaceae:
Our websites:Flora of Mozambique
: StrelitziaceaeFlora of Mozambique
: cultivated StrelitziaceaeFlora of Zimbabwe
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Strelitziaceae
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M.
. Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: Family page: Strelitziaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/family.php?family_id=214, retrieved 29 May 2016