Bird of Paradise
December 16, 2010
During the first trip we made to Busch Gardens in December, I took a picture of this gorgeous yellow flower. Hurrying to catch up to the others I neglected to take a picture of the tag but I was sure I knew what the flower was so wasn't too worried. Going through the pictures to edit some of them for my blogs I was sure I knew the flower but the name continued to be tucked safely in the recesses of my mind. Thanks to the the Florida Botanical Gardens website I was able to identify the flower as Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae). The funny thing is I knew it was something to do with birds and all that kept popping into my mind was 'parrot'. The boat shaped bracts hold orange or white sepals and a blue tongue resembling birds. Isn't it unique?