6 Bird Of Paradise Impression Finish
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Bird of Paradise Flower. Macro of center portion of flower. Super colors of orange, yellow, pink, blue and green, with green background and shallow depth of field (DOF). With Impressionistic - painted effect.
The Strelitzia, commonly known as the Bird of Paradise Plant, is a spectacular, unmistakable and the unchallenged Queen of the house plant world. One look at it when it's in flower and you know where it got its common name; the flowers look incredibly like the head of a rather exotic crested bird.
They are pollinated by sunbirds, which use the "beak" on the flower as a perch. The weight of the bird on the "beak" opens it to release the pollen onto the bird's feet, which is then deposited on the next flower it visits. By using birds rather than smaller insects to do the pollinating it means as the plant ages and gets bigger rather than the plant producing ever increasing numbers of the same sized flowers, what you find is the blooms themselves also get larger and larger.
The Strelitzia is the official flower of Los Angeles, although it originates from South Africa. It was named after an English Queen; Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1744 - 1818). Queen Charlotte was an amateur botanist and when her husband King George III inherited the Royal Botanic Kew Gardens in 1772, it gave her the perfect chance to get her hands dirty and help with its development. In 1773 Sir Joseph Banks brought back this spectacular new plant to Kew Gardens from South Africa, where it was officially named after Queen Charlottes family name; Mecklenburg-Strelitz.
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August 4th, 2016
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