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any southern African perennial herbaceous plant of the genus Strelitzia, cultivated for its showy flowers: includes the bird-of-paradise flower: family Strelitziaceae
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C18: named after Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1744–1818), queen of George III of Great Britain and Ireland
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  • The principal other genera, strelitzia and Heliconia, are both remarkable for the brilliant colours of their flowers.

    Botany for Ladies Jane Loudon

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