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Black "Birds of Paradise" in bloom in Florida

This is a discussion on Black "Birds of Paradise" in bloom in Florida within the A Kodak Moment: not necessarily plants... forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Originally Posted by pavel Not the ones I commonly see, Maura. I have never seen ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by pavel View Post
    Not the ones I commonly see, Maura. I have never seen one in which the sheath for the flowers is orange. Rather the "plumes" are orange, like so ...
    Google Image Result for http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/27/Strelitzia_reginae_1.jpg
    In Puerto Rico there is a kind that is engine red, even. Anyway, I'm not totally conceding, except to the fact that the orange with blue one is the most common. But..... Birds of Paradise Flower

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    thanks for the link about bird of paradise, interesting.

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    Maura, I think Pavel is right. The petals of the normal Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae) are orange, while the petals of the White or Giant Bird of Paradise (Sterlitzia nicolai) are white. The blue structures in both their flowers are the fused anthers and stigmas. The black part you're referring to is the dark purple green spathe that envelops the opening flower in S. nicolai, but this is also a slight bluish green in S. reginae and not orange or red.

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    Quote Originally Posted by serama View Post
    Maura, I think Pavel is right. The petals of the normal Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae) are orange, while the petals of the White or Giant Bird of Paradise (Sterlitzia nicolai) are white. The blue structures in both their flowers are the fused anthers and stigmas. The black part you're referring to is the dark purple green spathe that envelops the opening flower in S. nicolai, but this is also a slight bluish green in S. reginae and not orange or red.

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    Well there is Strelitzia juncea which has a reddish purple spathe. Did see a rather red one of those when I Googled for more pics, but that particular photo had a red cast to everything in the photo which throws its accuracy into doubt.

    Maura, out of curiosity, could you perhaps been thinking of Palulu Heliconia? (Ignore the title in the link. Not sure why it titled itself as "Strelitzia juncea" when the link takes you to pics of red Heliconia. )

    Strelitzia juncea - Google Search

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    Bless you, Paul - I'm not entirely out of my mind yet - YES, that's exactly what I was thinking of - so kind of you to give me a graceful way out. But I still think the photos of the black ones are pretty cool, no matter what you want to call them.


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    Beautiful! Never seen the black ones. Orange ones are familiar where my parent's hometown is, Taiwan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mauraec View Post
    Bless you, Paul - I'm not entirely out of my mind yet -
    Your welcome, "old-timer"! heh

    Quote Originally Posted by mauraec View Post
    But I still think the photos of the black ones are pretty cool, no matter what you want to call them.
    No argument there, Maura. The Sterlitzia nicolai is quite a nifty contrast to the more commonly grown S. reginae.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mauraec View Post
    I can't believe someone looked at these things and decided to call them "white" ; where the Strelitzia reginae are bright orange, these Strelitzia nicolai are jet black - and both have blue and white origami-looking stuff coming out through the top and front.

    Many thanks to those better-informed for their contributions!
    The plume or origami looking stuff is the flower and the thick looking black part is the sheath, on Strelitzia reginae the flower is orange and blue and on Strelitzia nicolai the flower is white and blue. I am familiar with Strelitzia nicolai as being called the giant bird of paradise and reaching highs of 15 to 20 feet with a prominent trunk (which make it a pain to trim, knowing this form personal experience).

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    The color contrasts are striking! Very nice form too, it looks more like a bird than some of the other varieties of BOP

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