Includes three genera: Strelitzia, Ravenala and Phenakospermum. The best known species is the bird-of-paradise flower Strelitzia reginae, grown for its flowers worldwide in tropical and subtropical gardens.
Strelitziaceae - Strelitzia alba
- Strelitzia augusta|
From: Flore des serres et des jardins de l'Europe by Charles Lemaire and others.
Gand [Gent], Louis van Houtte, 1846, volume 2, plate 173-174. Hand-coloured lithograph (sheet 357 x 245 mm with folds). Text enclosed.
€ 175The founder, publisher and part-editor of this lavish Belgian periodical was Louis van Houtte, the propietor of the largest nursery of its time on the continent. It appeared monthly for almost 40 years and was published by his own printing office in the middle of the gardens, the Horto van Houtteano. All the plants shown were for sale in his nursery and include many exotics. The work is notable for the craftmanship of the Belgian lithographers Severeyns, Stroobant and De Pannemaker, who had mastered the art of colour-printing from stone.
* Nissen BBI 2254; Great flower books p. 84; Stafleu & Cowan 15.921.
Strelitzia reginae subsp. reginae -
From: Annales de la Société royale d’Agriculture et de Botanique de Gand, Journal d’horticulture by Charles Morren (editor).
Gand [Gent], Local de la Société (Casino), etc., 1846, volume 2, plate 53. Hand-coloured lithograph (sheet 169 x 257 mm). Text enclosed.
€ 45Belgian horticultural journal, published from 1845-1849 by the Royal Agricultural and Botanical Society of Gent, organizer of the famous flower shows in Gent, Gentse Floraliën, since 1809. Started and edited by Charles Morren at the same time as the more successful competitor Flore des serres et des jardins de l’Europe of the nurseryman Louis van Houtte.
* Nissen BBI 2212; Great flower books p. 84.