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Strelitzia reginae

Strelitzia reginae
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Copyright: Richard Beghin (ricx) Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 0 N: 43] (241)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-02-01
Categories: Flowers
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-09-19 11:12
Viewed: 3958
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Firstly I must apologise ... as I digress from my goal on TN of showing beautiful England as she changes through the seasons..

I took this photo on the shore of Sydney Harbour earlier this year of my favourite flower as a South African - no longer living there - I was brought with these in our garden in Johannesburg and they bring back many memories.

As this image was deleted from TE earlier this year I am glad I have found a site where it is safe!

Regarding the more botantical detail I copied this from Wiki

Strelitzia reginae is a monocotyledonous flowering plant indigenous to South Africa. Common names include Strelitzia, Crane Flower or Bird of Paradise, though these names are also collectively applied to other species in the genus Strelitzia. Its scientific name commemorates Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, queen consort of King George III.

The plant grows to 2 m (6.6 ft) tall, with large, strong leaves 25–70 cm (9.8–28 in) long and 10–30 cm (3.9–12 in) broad, produced on petioles up to 1 m (39 in) long. The leaves are evergreen and arranged in two ranks, making a fan-shaped crown. The flowers stand above the foliage at the tips of long stalks. The hard, beak-like sheath from which the flower emerges is termed the spathe. This is placed perpendicular to the stem, which gives it the appearance of a bird's head and beak; 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.

Contents [hide]
1 Cultivation and uses
2 Symbolism
3 Gallery
4 References
5 External links

[edit] Cultivation and usesS. reginae is very popular as an ornamental plant. It was first introduced to Europe in 1773, when it was grown at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Since then, it has been widely introduced around the world, including the Americas and Australia, growing well in any area that is sunny and warm. In the United States, Florida and California are the main areas of cultivation, due to their warm climate. It is a common ornamental plant in Southern California, and has been chosen as the Official Flower of the City of Los Angeles, where they are all but unkillable.

It is propagated by division or from seeds, and is a low-maintenance plant that is easy to grow in the garden; it is fairly tolerant of soil conditions and needs little water once established. If cared for well, they will flower several times in a year. They will thrive in rich loamy soil, especially when they get plenty of water throughout the year. They do well in full sun to semi-shade and respond well to regular feeding with a controlled release fertiliser and compost. They are sensitive to cold and need to be sheltered from frost, as it can damage the flowers and leaves.

S. reginae is slow-growing and will not bloom until three to five years have passed since germination (though it can exceptionally flower at two years).[2] It flowers only when properly established and division of the plant may affect flowering patterns. The flowers are, however, quite long-lasting once they appear. Peak flowering is in the winter and early spring. There is a yellow-flowered cultivar of this plant known as Mandela's Gold Strelitzia.

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Hi Richard,
Lovely composition.Excellent POV whit sharp details and very nice colors.
BG is also very nice.

Ciao Richard. Excellente DOF here and stunning details. Wonderful natural colours.


Ciao Richard, great macro of beautiful flower on a lovely blurry BG, splendid sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Richard,
A very interesting and nice flower. The image is taken from a perfect POV.
Very good sharpness and focus.

Hello Rick,

an very nivce presentation from this beautiful flowering plant.
Good pov, sharpness.
Fine colors and nice blurred bg.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-09-20 9:43]

Hi Rick,a magnificent macro of the bird of paradise that in my country is possible to see only in the flower shops,great colors,excellent sharpness and nice and unusual background too.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-09-20 12:48]

Hello Richard.
A real beauty of this Strelitzia flower.Excelent shot and well done on this composition. You handled the lighting very well. Excelent exposure.Best regards Siggi

Hi Richard,
good POV of this nice species
TFS Ferran

Bonjour Richard,
Le sujet est relativement bien valorisé mais l'angle de prise de vue aurait pu être modifié afin d'éliminer les éléments perturbateurs de l'arrière-plan.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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