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From: Paul Tyerman tyerman at dynamite.com.au> on 2000.09.07 at 14:27:44(5355)
>I understand that there's a dwarf form of Strelitzia reginae which grows
less than 3 feet high. Does anyone know of any sources? (I probably don't
have enough room for yet one more plant, but why should I let that stop me...)
> Les

There definitely is a smaller form of Strelitzia. Think it is somwhere
between 3 and 4 feet when in flower, definitely shorter in the leaves.
MUCH smaller than the normal form.

We have it here in Australia at least.


Paul Tyerman

From: hermine hermine at endangeredspecies.com> on 2000.09.07 at 19:05:48(5368)
At 07:27 AM 09/07/2000, Paul Tyerman wrote:
> >
> >I understand that there's a dwarf form of Strelitzia reginae which grows
From: Steve Marak samarak at arachne.uark.edu> on 2000.09.08 at 03:37:23(5379)
This has been niggling at me all day, so I dug among a few books this
evening. As usual, there is some disagreement on naming, and most of my
references are probably out of date anyway.

Graf's Exotica, series 3 9th edition, has pictures on pp. 1182-1183 of
(among other things) S. reginae, S. parvifolia, and S. parvifolia juncea.
(Hortus III seems to consider them all forms of S. reginae.)

Graf's descriptions in the back perhaps shed a little light:

S. reginae: "... trunkless, compact, clustering ... to 5 ft high, with
stiff-leather, concave, oblong, bluish-gray leaves with pale or red
midrib ..."

S. parvifolia: "... the Small-leaved Bird-of-paradies; about 4 ft. high,
very similar to S. reginae ... recognized by its leaves which are reduced
to very small, spoon-shaped, thin blades at the tips of tall stiff,
reed-like stalks; ..."

S. parvifolia juncea:"... the Rush-like strelitzia, from the Port
Elizabeth area; very curious form which I was amazed to find because it
has no leaves at all; just a dense cluster 4-5 ft. high, of spiky tufts of
cylindrical, fleshy but rigid, reed-like grayish stems tapering to a
needle-point; ..."

Whether any of these is the "dwarf" variety I don't know, but the last of
the three is the one I for which I searched a bit. I'd still like to try
it, and I see now that an Internet search turns up several seed sources,
so maybe I'll get around to it this time.


From: Lester Kallus lkallus at earthlink.net> on 2000.09.08 at 15:30:40(5381)
The dwarf strelitzia is probably newer than Graf's most recent book (which is getting a bit dated now, anyway).

The ginger listserver noted a while ago that there was a dwarf form. No one there was able to help me locate one. That's why I tried here. I even received a few responses indicating that people had one - but still no one knows where they're being sold.

It sounds like it would be a perfect plant to put into tissue culture (assuming it's not patented, that is).

I still hope to locate one. If anyone ever finds a source, please do let me know. If anyone has one and can spare an offset, I'll jump at the chance.

From: Eric.Schmidt at ci.orlando.fl.us (Eric Schmidt) on 2000.09.08 at 15:31:51(5383)
The Royal Horicultural Society "Index of Garden Plants" lists several
cultivars of S. reginae inluding 'Humilis' (='Pygmae'). It describes it as
"...dwarf, to 80cm, closely clump-forming; lvs. ovate-oblong,
short-petioled; flowers disproportionately large, short stalked." Also, the
"leafless" form is S. reginae var. juncea. If anyone is in Orlando there are
nice specimens of this planted at Animal Kingdom in the Africa section by
the Safari ride. Some of the clumps are quite large, 3-4 feet tall. The
first time I saw them, there were no flowers and I thought they were a
species of Sanseveria until I looked close.
Eric Schmidt
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