Thu

18

Jun

2015

Something about Bird of Paradise

As you may know, this is a picture of Strelitzia flower which is said to be native to South Africa.  According to Wikipedia, "The genus is named after the duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, birthplace of Queen Charlotte of the United Kingdom. A common name of the genus is bird of paradise flower / plant, because of a resemblance of its flowers to the bird of paradise. In South Africa it is commonly known as a crane flower and is featured on the reverse of the 50 cent coin. It is the Official Flower of the City of Los Angeles; two of the species, Strelitzia nicolai and Strelitzia reginae, are frequently grown as house plants."


Here in Hawaii, Strelitzia can be seen anywhere and everybody seems to know this flower.  However, have you ever thought of the reasons why the colors of this flower is orange and blue?  and did you know how they bloom?


Let me show you some photos and share my thoughts.

Going to open orange bracts and blue flower.
Going to open orange bracts and blue flower.
The first day....it opened!    Two orange bracts and blue flower is one set.
The first day....it opened! Two orange bracts and blue flower is one set.
A few days later...another set of two orange bracts and blue flower appeared.  Blue became darker than the first blue.
A few days later...another set of two orange bracts and blue flower appeared. Blue became darker than the first blue.
Another set of flower pup up and the first set is withering. Again the third blue became much darker.
Another set of flower pup up and the first set is withering. Again the third blue became much darker.


As I simply learned....this flower cannot produce seeds without pollinators.  So this flower does need pollinators.   This means they need to attract pollinators in order to survive.


How?


This is the reason why this flower is orange and blue.  Because of this outstanding colors of orange and blue in the nature, possible pollinators can easily see the flower.  As a result, they are attracted by the colors and they could move around the flower.  Thus flower can be pollinated.


Also I imagine...this flower knows how to attract pollinators naturally.  If one set of flower is not enought to attract pollinators, then they open the second sets of flower.  Then if second flower set is not enough, they open the third flower.   By having much more volumes of flower, they are more attracting pollinators.


Why?


I understand this is natural instict efforts in order to live longer to the next generation.  They don't say anything, but by looking at Bird of Paradise deeply, I am able to see the strength of the life which we all should have!  


At the same time, interestingly, I now clearly understand why I did dye my hair...red and gold when I was young!

When I was a high school student in 1989.
When I was a high school student in 1989.
When I was attending to the University in 1992.
When I was attending to the University in 1992.
Before leaving for Hawaii in 1997.
Before leaving for Hawaii in 1997.
Current photo in 2015.  What a change!!!
Current photo in 2015. What a change!!!

After observing changing bird of paradise flower, I thought the reason why I did dye my hair was because I wanted to attract ladies.  In other words, I simply wanted to have girlfreinds when  I was young.  

 

Now I have a wife, so I don't need hair to attract!  and  I should not try attracting!!!


But my wife would say, "Do not worry! It's impossible to attract lady."

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