Strelitzia reginae-bird of paradise-crane flower

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The official flower of LA is Strelitzia reginae extravagant as a Hollywood film star, orange as afternoon sun in LA and blue as the ocean at Huntington beach.In Botanical garden Ljubljana it flowers right now-a chance to see this flower in its full bloom .From Africa in origin ,it is relatively easy to grow , although it really may take several years before its first bloom.I was surprised as the pictures usually depict Strelitzia in quiet a uniform mode,in its elegant profile, so to say,when the flower is still not fully opened.I personally like much more Strelitzia in its full blossom, it makes me think of paradise, cranes ,LA…………….

 

Strelitzia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Zingiberales
Family: Strelitziaceae
Genus: Strelitzia
Ait.

from:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strelitzia

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