Strelitzia nicolai - giant bird of paradise

Watercolour on paper
74 cm H x 100 cm W


This beautiful larger than life flower was grown outside my dining room window in Perth. It has a dark grey bract with white sepals and a cerulean blue tongue. The flower structure is one of the most unusual in the plant kingdom. The base of the flower, which is shaped like a boat or canoe, is the bract of a modified leaf. Out of this emerges two erect points that are petals, surrounded by a fan of sepals, making the flower look like a bird's spectacular plumage. This painting took me a quite a few months to complete.