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Strelitzia nicolai - Giant Bird-of-Paradise


Strelitzia nicolai - Giant Bird-of-Paradise  (Strelitzia nicolai - Giant Bird-of-Paradise)

Giant Bird-of-Paradise growing at Dana on Mission Bay Resort, San Diego, CA. Posted for Mushybanna. Photo taken Feb. 26, 2010.



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Crikey that is huge............

11 Mar, 2010

 

Yes, they are good size trees

11 Mar, 2010

 

Milky, Andrewr:

That's funny! : > ) They will grow about 10 - 15 feet taller in time.

11 Mar, 2010

 

I know Delonix, I've seen them growing in the wild in South Africa

11 Mar, 2010

 

Andrewr:

I'm sure they grow to 50 feet/15 meters in their native South African habitat. They can grow almost that tall here also.

12 Mar, 2010

 

Now that is an impressive plant.. UUmmm was thinking of having one as an indoor plant but maybe not ..:o))))

12 Mar, 2010

 

Wow that is tall, dont think I will bother with this one........lol

12 Mar, 2010

 

These are really huge!!
Here is the link to the photo of the one in Oxfords botanic gardens. I'm not exaggerating when I say that the leaves are probably 5 foot long. The flower, which was a long way up, was a good 10 to 12 inches.

http://www.growsonyou.com/photo/slideshow/122974-strelitzia-nicolai/member/meanie

Delonix, hope you don't think that I'm hijacking here!!!
Thanks for posting this. It truly is a fantastic plant.

12 Mar, 2010

 

Mushybanna:

I've posted some photos of very large clumps in the past. It should make a great indoor plant...as long as it gets a lot of light. They're tough as nails.

Meanie:

The leaves commonly grow to more than 6 feet / 2 meters long. This is one of many large clumps at this resort in Mission Bay. Many of the stems were blooming heavily. Thanks for the information! : > )

Dottydaisy2:

It will stay small in a pot...growing slowly. In the ground they very quickly.

13 Mar, 2010

 

Marguerite:

Yes, we've had quite a bit of rain this year because it's an El NiƱo year. It helping our terrible drought. The day I took this photo it was 75 degrees F. / 24 degrees C. and the next day we had a big rain storm.

14 Mar, 2010



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