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.
1795 C.R. Hopson tr. of C.P. Thunberg’s Trav. I. 191The Strelitsia, with its yellow flowers and blue nectarium, grew near this spot, and was one of the most beautiful plants, of which the bulbs were procured to send to Europe.
1797 J. Barrow in D. Fairbridge Lady Anne Barnard (1924) 50I found a new Strelitzia, a curious plant which will be a very acceptable thing in England. I sent half a dozen bulbs by the Hope.
1815 J. Mackrill Diary. 103The seed..so much like that of the Strelizia is it the same?
1836 A.F. Gardiner Journey to Zoolu Country 17We slept well under the shade of some strelitza trees (very similar to wild bananas).
1847 J. Barrow Autobiog. Memoir 160I observed, at a little distance, a whole line of strelitzias in full flower, which, on approaching, I was pleased to find were not of the species reginae, but a new species (at least in England), with pointed instead of spoon-shaped leaves, and from six to ten feet long.
1971 S. Afr. Panorama Aug. 19Flower arrangements display South African flora such as the tangerine-and-blue strelitzia.
1986 M. Ramgobin Waiting to Live 7They saw the hundreds upon hundreds of strelitzia plants with their pointed buds. Most were still half-opened.
1987 E. Prov. Herald 29 Apr. 10The new Uitenhage logo depicts a Cape house and strelitzia, a plant which grows from the Tsitsikamma Forest to Natal.
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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