Flower, Crane Plant . The South African genus Strelitzia has only four species. Only one is commonly grown as a house plant, although the others may very occasionally be encountered in a heated . The are reminiscent of an exotic bird. Both their colour and their shape are unusual. A sharply pointed, shuttle-like organ, consisting of fused bracts, grows sideways from the end of the thick . From these emerge the showy with orange outer seg ments and blue inner segments. The long-stalked and the flower are 1-2 m (39-79 in) long. The plant bears a strong similarity to a banana tree, to which it is, in fact, related.
It requires very nourishingand a large ; plant in open ground in a greenhouse. Maintain a high temperature and high in summer; water liberally. It requires cool conditions in winter. The flowers will last a remarkably long time in a vase.