crane flower, noun phrase

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See quotation 1966.
The plant Strelitzia reginae of the Strelitziaceae; its flower; also called strelitzia.
1946 Farmer’s Weekly 30 Oct. 49A grower in California showed me hundreds of Strelitzias (crane flowers) telling me that he got a dollar per bloom for them from the Hollywood stars.
1951 S. Eliovson Flowering Shrubs & Trees 132The crane-flower should be planted in full sun and grows best in warm climates.
1965 S. Eliovson S. Afr. Wild Flowers for Garden 271S. reginae is called crane flower in South Africa, but is given the more glamorous name of bird-of-paradise in other countries, where it is highly prized as a cut flower.
1966 C.A. Smith Common Names 195Crane flower(’s bill),..The vernacular name is derived from the rather striking resemblance of the flower to a crane’s head, particularly of an enraged crane.
1975 S. Afr. Panorama Jan. 11Thirty dozen Strelitzias — the exotic crane flower which occurs in KwaZulu..decorated the marble hall and exhibition venue.
The plant Strelitzia reginae of the Strelitziaceae; its flower; also called strelitzia.

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