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Bird of Paradise

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Flower-Bird-of-Paradise-B.web Bird of Paradise                2015©photography by Isadora 

The Bird of Paradise or crane plant is a plant that bears a unique flower that resembles a bird in flight.

It’s native to South Africa but naturalized in Mexico, Belize, Bangladesh,

Madeira Islands and Juan Fernández Islands off the coast of Chile.

Common names include Strelitzia, Crane Flower or Bird of Paradise,

though these names are also collectively applied to other species in the genus Strelitzia.

The plant grows to 3 ½ to 4 feet in height and has clumps of stiff banana like leaves,

gray to green in color, extending up from its base.

Its flowers emerge from a beak-like structure known as the spathe,

which sits horizontally at the top of a long stalk and forms a sheath that protects the flower.

The color of the spathe ranges from green to purple.

It makes a durable perch for holding the sunbirds which pollinate the flowers.

The flowers, which emerge one at a time from the spathe,

consist of three brilliant orange sepals and three purplish-blue petals.

Two of the blue petals are joined together to form an arrow-like nectary.

When the sunbirds sit to drink the nectar, the petals open to cover their feet in pollen.

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Author: Inside the Mind of Isadora

Intriguing, sensitive, mysterious, loving, artistic and crackling with excitement for life is a pretty good description of who I am. I just retired from the world of art where I sold my Artfully Designed Handmade Jewelry for 28 years; although, art will always be a part of whom I am no matter what venue I choose to express it.

16 thoughts on “Bird of Paradise

  1. I’ve always heard of the bird of paradise, but I think this is the first pic I’ve ever seen. Heck, not sure if I ever knew it was a plant. 😉

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    • I have one in my backyard (Florida) but the flowers aren’t colorful. It must be lacking a nutrient.
      I took the photo outside of a restaurant we were entering. It was stunning. I thought if I capture it and show it to my Bird of Paradise bush it may decide to honor me with a bloom. 😎

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  2. Fabulous!! Nature is absolutely stunning! 🙂

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  3. Lovely shades of purple in the background, like a fairyland! I’m picturing tiny fairies landing on the flower along with the birds…

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  4. Such beautiful plants, i had no idea they were so big

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  5. I actually thought it was an odd looking bird when I first saw it, Isadora!

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  6. These are such wonderful flowers. Nature creates such miracles!

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