Strelitzia reginae (bird of paradise, isigude, kraanvoëlblom) muthi flora inventory listing. If you want to add this plant to the Expanded Monograph processing cue, or if you can provide any additional information, photos or reliable use records for this muthi plant, please leave a comment below, or in The Muthi Flora of southern Africa Facebook group.
Ethno Medicinal Uses of Strelitzia reginae
Indications: Administered to people.
Strelitzia reginae is a tufted, evergreen, stemless perennial up to 1,5 m tall and 2 m in diameter. The roots are fleshy and finger-like. The leaves are opposite and arranged fan-like in one plane and the margins can sometimes be red-edged. The inflorescence stalk is 700 mm tall with 4-6 flowers that emerge in succession in a boat-shaped spathe ± 200 mm long, producing a mucilaginous substance when in bloom. The flowers have orange sepals and blue/purple petals. It is one of the most popular horticultural perennials around the world. It flowers for long periods and is an ideal pot plant and cut flower subject. (Wildflower Nursery)
Arnold. T.H., Prentice, C.A., Hawker, L.C., Snyman, E.E., Tomalin, M., Crouch, N.R. and Pottas-Bircher, C. (2002). Medicinal and magical plants of southern Africa: an annotated checklist. Strelitzia 13. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria.
Wildflower Nursery – https://wildflowernursery.co.za/indigenous-plant-database/strelitzia-reginae/. Accessed on 2020/01/