The Strelitziaceae family is host to the Strelitzia reginae, which is a well-known South African plant that is identifiable for its striking colours and unique shape. Strelitzia reginae is also known as the bird of paradise (resembling the colours and shape of an exotic bird), the crane flower or the orange strelitzia.
The vivid orange and purple flowers are large, hardy and spiked. This beautiful flower has made this one of the most popular plants in South Africa, and it can be found flanking the major national roads and in gardens all over the country.
It is an evergreen plant that reaches about 1.5 metres in height and two metres in diameter. The leaves are about 10 centimetres wide and 50 centimetres long and are arranged in a fan-like shape. The fruit is a woody capsule and contains black seeds, which bursts open to release these seeds.