Hort. Kew. 1: 285 (1789).
Plant either arborescent and suckering or acaulescent with dichotomously branching, cormlike stems. Inflorescence lateral. Outer tepals unequal, the median smaller than the lateral paired ones; inner tepals strongly unequal, the paired ones large, brightly colored and connivent into a sagittate structure centrally with a groove enclosing style and stamens, the unpaired (posterior) small; stamens 5, staminode lacking; locules with 2 rows of ovules. Aril orange. (From Kubitzki, et al.,p. 454)
Found mainly along the East coast of South Africa, from the Cape Province into Transvaal.
Comprises four or five species.
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S. regineae Ait. and S. nicolai Regel & Koch are widely cultivated as ornamentals, the former also grown on a large scale for cut flowers (Bird of Paradise).
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