Bird of Paradise Strelitzia reginaeStrelitzia reginae Bird of Pardise pollination

Pollinated by birds' feet! This unique and striking flower has its own individual way of ensuring pollination. Nectar-feeding brids visit the flower for its syrupy nectar. To do so the birds land on the purple petal-like structure called a staminode. Under the weight of the bird, this structure opens to reveal the pollen that attaches to the birds' feet (bottom image). The birds then fly to the next flower and this time unwittingly deposit some pollen on the female part; the white tip at the end of the staminode.

Name: Bird of Paradise

Latin: Strelitzia reginae

Family: Bird of Paradise

Origin: South Africa