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.

Mozambique: 1 cultivated taxon.

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alba (L.f.) Skeels

Other sources of information about Strelitzia:

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

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Strelitzia
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Strelitzia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Strelitzia
Wikipedia: Strelitzia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Strelitzia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Strelitzia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Cultivated plants: genus page: Strelitzia.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/cult/genus.php?genus_id=394, retrieved 24 March 2023

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