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(family Strelitziaceae)

A genus of large herbs (a few with woody trunks) which have distichous, banana-like leaves. The flowers are held in erect, harshly coloured, orange and blue inflorescences, subtended by vividly coloured bracts, and some species are cultivated as bird-of-paradise flowers. There are 5 species occurring in southern Africa.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry.

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