The Strelitziaceae Family was named and described by John Hutchinson in The Families of Flowering Plants II in 1934.
There are only three genera in this family of flowering plants named after the genus Strelitzia (Bird of Paradise). The other two genera are Phenakospermum (1 species) and Ravenala ( 1 species). There are five species of Strelitzia.
When I was living in California for a few months, there was Bird of Paradise everywhere. I bought a couple of plants from Wellspring Gardens in the spring of 2012. I had also been housesitting plants for a friend and one of their unknown plants turned out to be a good-sized Giant Bird of Paradise.
Someday when I have adequate conditions, I will buy more… Not only do they have neat flowers, they are also nice looking plants.
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