Strelitzia

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Strelitzia small genus of large perennial evergreen herbs having leaves resembling those of banana plants; sometimes placed in family Musaceae
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Strelitzia (Bot) A genus of plants related to the banana, found at the Cape of Good Hope. They have rigid glaucous distichous leaves, and peculiar richly colored flowers.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n strelitzia A genus of monocotyledonous plants, of the order Musaceæ, distinguished by its flowers with three free sepals and three very dissimilar and peculiar petals, of which the outer is short, broad, and concave or hooded, the two lateral long, narrow, more or less united, and continued into a long petaloid appendage. There are 4 or 5 species, natives of South Africa. They are singular plants, producing an erect or subterranean woody rootstock, and large leaves which resemble those of a small banana-tree, or are reduced mainly or completely to tall erect cylindrical petioles. The large handsome flowers are borne few together far exserted from a spathe, which consists of one or two large boat-shaped bracts on a terminal or axillary scape. S. Reginæ, known as queen-plant, bird's-tongue flower, or bird-of-paradise flower, produces large brilliant flowers, highly prized for the oddity of their shape and coloring, showing the unusual combination of orange and blue. S. augusta, a larger species with small white flowers and purple bracts, has a palm-like stem reaching 20 feet in height, and is cultivated under the name grand strelitzia. S. juncea and other species are also cultivated under glass.
    • n strelitzia [lowercase] A plant of this genus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Strelitzia strel-it′si-a a genus of South African plants of the banana family, with large showy flowers—Strelitzia Reginæ, also Queen-plant, Bird-of-Paradise flower—with fine orange and purple flowers.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., named after Charlotte, Princess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, and queen of George III of Great Britain
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From Queen Charlotte, wife of George III., of the house of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.

Usage


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What's Blooming In Paradise: White Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia nicolai).
Janice Labadie, who co-owns Strelitzia Flower Company with her husband Dean, is serving a two-year term as governor of the Sierra Nevada Region of Soroptimist International.
What's Blooming In Paradise: White Bird of Paradise ( Strelitzia nicolai).
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