strelitzia, noun

Forms:
Also strelitza, and with initial capital.
Origin:
Named for Countess von Mecklenburg-Strelitz, queen of George III.
a. Any of several perennial plants of the genus Strelitzia (family Strelitziaceae), especially S. reginae and S. alba, with long, rigid leaves, and stiff flowers of orange, yellow, and purple; pisang sense 2 a. b. Its flower. See also crane flower, wild banana (wild sense a).
1789 W. Aiton Hortus Kewensis I. 285Strelitzia...Canna-leav’d Strelitzia. Nat. of the Cape of Good Hope.
1989 H.P. Toffoli in Style Jan. 57Those puny little strelitzias in the hot-house at Kew Gardens always bring lumps to the throats of homesick South Africans.
Any of several perennial plants of the genus Strelitzia (family Strelitziaceae), especially S. reginae and S. alba, with long, rigid leaves, and stiff flowers of orange, yellow, and purple; pisang2 a.
Its flower.

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