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The Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae) is an evergreen, perennial flowering plant in the Strelitziaceae family. It is also known as the Crane Flower.

It is native to South Africa. 

It grows to 200 centimetres (79 inches) tall. 

It has large, evergreen leaves up to 25-70 centimetres (10-27 inches) long and 10-30 centimetres (4-12 inches) wide. 

The flower looks like the head and beak of a bird at the end of a long stalk. It is perpendicular to the stem. It has three brilliant orange sepals and three purplish-blue or white petals. 

The yellow flowered variety is called ‘Mandela’s Gold.’

The Bird of Paradise flowers in winter and early spring. 

Photographed in Nairobi, Kenya, October 2017.

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

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