1319.000 Strelitzia Banks

Fayaz, F. (2011) Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants Firefly Books, New Zealand

Description of the genus

Perennial herbs, often tree-like with woody trunks or stems absent, proliferating around base and clump-forming. Leaves 2-ranked, large; lamina simple, blue-green, leathery. Inflorescence with 1 or various reddish-brown or claret-coloured boat-shaped spathaceous bracts including the flowers; flowers opening 1 at a time. Flowers showy; tepals 6; outer 3 free, white or orange; inner 3 fused into an arrow-shaped keel that encloses stamens and style. Fruit a capsule, woody, 3-valved. Seeds globose, loculicidal, hard; aril bright orange, hair-like.

Derivation of name: for Charlotte (Sophia Charlotte) of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1744-1818), wife of King George III, patroness of the arts and of Kew Gardens.

Worldwide: 5 species, in Zimbabwe and eastern southern Africa.

Zimbabwe: 3 cultivated taxa.

No image of a cultivated species but there is an image of a native or naturalised species

Links to cultivated taxa    View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

juncea Link
nicolai Regel & Körn.
reginae AitonImage

Other sources of information about Strelitzia:

Our websites:

Flora of Mozambique: Strelitzia
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Strelitzia
Flora of Zimbabwe: Strelitzia

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Strelitzia
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Strelitzia
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Strelitzia
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Strelitzia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Strelitzia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Strelitzia
JSTOR Plant Science: Strelitzia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Strelitzia
Plants of the World Online: Strelitzia
Tropicos: Strelitzia
Wikipedia: Strelitzia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Strelitzia.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=394, retrieved 28 September 2023

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