Plant ID forum: Strelitzia; for ID

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Texas (Zone 8a)
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eemeelee
Aug 4, 2015 8:28 PM CST
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I believe it is a type of Araceae and the leaf shape is similar to a dieffenbachia...it is really hardy in east Texas and I am hoping to plant some more, but I can't figure out what it is!
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Aug 4, 2015 8:44 PM CST
Hi & welcome to ATP!!!!!! Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!

It looks to me like either:
Travelers Palm (Ravenala madagascariensis)
OR
Giant White Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia nicolai)
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Texas (Zone 8a)
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eemeelee
Aug 4, 2015 8:59 PM CST
Wow....I believe you're right. I can't tell the difference because it won't get as big as the travelers plant (it dies during the winter) and I have never seen it flower. I did NOT expect it to be a plant that could potentially grow so large! But it does come back every spring. It gets to be about four feet tall then dies in the winter. Thanks for the help!
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
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ctcarol
Aug 4, 2015 8:59 PM CST
Looks alot like my Bird of Paradise
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Aug 4, 2015 9:08 PM CST
The leaves on "traditional" bird of paradise are different -- the shape & the way the plant holds them, plus the color underneath. See:


emeelee, you're welcome. Smiling Since it goes dormant for you then I doubt you'll ever have to worry about it getting that large. Good thing huh? Believe me, you don't want to have to deal with the blooms anyway. They aren't beautiful & colorful like the bird of paradise I put the photo of in this post. Instead they are sort of a dirty white. They get this gel like goo which if it gets on your clothes leaves a rusty stain I guarantee you will NEVER get out. I grew up in south FL where we put these plants in our yard so that's how I know -- I dealt with it.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
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Texas (Zone 8a)
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eemeelee
Aug 4, 2015 9:08 PM CST
Does yours flower? I would love it if it did! I am a huge fan of this plant (which was actually already here when I moved into the house) and I was hoping to plant some more.
Texas (Zone 8a)
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eemeelee
Aug 4, 2015 9:10 PM CST
Wow, that one is beautiful! I guess I can live without a gooey white mess and just lovely big green leaves :)
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
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flaflwrgrl
Aug 5, 2015 6:50 AM CST
eemeelee said:Wow, that one is beautiful! I guess I can live without a gooey white mess and just lovely big green leaves :)


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It's actually a clear gel UNTIL it dries on your clothing where it turns rusty/bloody/red. I had special shorts & t shirt for when I dealt with that stuff. It looked like I had murdered someone in those clothes.
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~~ Sharon Brown ~~



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