Bird of Paradise Strelitzia reginae is a type of ornamental flower commonly known as the crane flower or the bird-of-paradise flower. It belongs to the Strelitziaceae family. The flower is native to South Africa. It can be both cultivated as an outdoors ornamental plant in gardens and landscapes or inside as an attractive blooming plant characterized by its unusual flowers. The flower’s name was created thanks to its resemblance to a beautiful species of forest bird known as birds-of-paradise.
Bird-of-paradise flower grows from underground stems known as rhizomes. It can reach up to 1-1.5 meters in height. Its leaves are leathery, concave, stiff, and erect. They are born on long leafstalks known as petioles. The leaves are usually dark green with a blue undertone and may have a darker red midrib. The flower is blue and orange and has two erect petals and five stamens. Stamens and petals are covered with the main flower bract which is shaped like a boat. It is green with red borders. The flower turns into fruits that look like capsules. The fruits contain numerous seeds.
There are two main members of the Streliziaceae family known as bird-of-paradise flowers, the Strelitzia alba, also known as the white bird-of-paradise, and the S. nicolai, also known as the giant bird-of-paradise. Both varieties are cultivated as ornamental plants and are famous for their magnificent flowers. There is also an unrelated species that shares the title of the bird-of-paradise. It is a native to South American shrub belonging to the Fabaceae family. It is sometimes referred to as a desert bird-of-paradise or the bird-of-paradise bush. Other varieties are the dwarf Caesalpinia pulcherrima, an appealing tree that is native to American tropics and subtropics. The tree is commonly known as the Mexican bird-of-paradise or the red bird-of-paradise.
The plant is quite easy to cultivate as it is drought-tolerant, likes warm climates, and is generally used as an ornamental plant. It is often used by florists in exotic and tropical flowers arrangements because the flowers are long-lasting. Cut flowers last up to two weeks.
Global bird of paradise production
Bird of paradise is a tropical plant that produces some of the most beautiful flowers in the world. The plant is native to Africa, but it is now grown in many other parts of the world, including South America, Asia, and Australia. The bird of paradise flower has long been associated with paradise itself, and its stunning appearance has made it one of the most popular flowers in the world.
Bird of paradise is a major player in the global floral industry, with the vast majority of production taking place in South America. Brazil is by far the largest producer of birds of paradise, followed by Colombia and Ecuador. Peru, Bolivia, and Venezuela are also significant producers.
Africa is the native home of the bird of paradise, and it is still an important region for production. The main African producers are Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania. Asia is a relatively small producer of bird of paradise, but India and China are both significant players in the market. Australia is also a major producer of bird of paradise, with Queensland being the main growing region. The bird of paradise is a popular flower for both fresh and dried arrangements. It is also used in a number of cosmetic products, including perfumes and soaps. With its dazzling beauty and exotic appeal, it is no wonder that the bird of paradise is such a popular flower all over the world.