Not All Birds Of Paradise Can Fly


As usual, click the image for a bigger version.

Strelitzia – genus named after the duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Why?

Known as the Bird of Paradise flower or the crane flower.

Pollinated by birds, who perch on the spathe. Their weight opens and releases the pollen onto the bird’s feet, which is then deposits on the next flower it visits.

I found out why the plant is named after Queen Charlotte. This is from the Kew Gardens site:

The 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.


  1. vsweta says:

    Very aptly named! Where did you find this one?


    1. In a flower shop that is run by a woman who does the flower arrangements for weddings and sell exotic flowers as a sideline


  2. We used to have these growing in our front garden at our previous house. The plant was enormous.


  3. A beautiful flower and a wonderful title.


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