Friday, 23 March 2012

Bird of Paradise Flower

Some years ago, Jenny gave me a Strelitzia plant and after a few years it started flowering.  It pushes the flower spikes up in the autumn, but they don't actually start to open until the spring.

So here it is today, and I post the picture, not just because I'm proud of the plant (it actually has 5 flower spikes, though only 2 are open) but because the one nearest the camera is unusual in being divided.

The flower stem seems to have extended right through the first flower, and then grown a second bud pointing in the opposite direction. 

A quick Google tells me this condition is not that uncommon, but I've not seen it before on this plant, nor noticed it before when I've seen the flowers elsewhere.


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