Giant White Bird of Paradise

Giant White Bird of Paradise

Strelitzia nicolai

Native to: South Africa

Type: Tropical, understory plant

Adaptations:

  • The leaves of this plant are very large and cover a large surface area that allows the leaves to obtain as much sunlight as possible as it resides on the forest floor
  • The surface of these leaves are thick and leathery, allowing to stand the pounding rainfall experienced in the tropical climate.

Look For

  • Leaves: Feel the leathery texture of the leaves
  • Flowers (if present) are large and resemble a bird (see picture below)

Interesting Facts:

  • The Giant White Bird of Paradise can reach heights up to 30 feet! The leaves are very similar to the Banana tree, and offer great shade.

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(Picture: www.bidorbuy.co.za)

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