Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Birds of paradise
They don't look like birds to me.
The Strelitzia species are natives of South Africa. They were first introduced to Europeans in 1773, when they were imported to the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. They're called Birds of Paradise after the pointy, beak-like spathe from which the flowers emerge. Strelitzia reginae, also called the Crane Flower, is the official flower of the City of Los Angeles.
They're durable, drought tolerant and almost impossible to kill. To me they don't look like birds, they look more like....velociraptors.....
What do you think?