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Coastal Strelitzia

Afrikaans name: Natalse Wildepiesang

Coastal Strelitzia at Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve

Coastal Strelitzia at Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve

Photo © Steven Herbert

Strelitzia nicolai

The Coastal Strelitzia, or Natal Wild Banana as it is sometimes called, can grow to a height of around 12 metres.

The flowers are similar to the Crane Flower, but they are not as attractive as that plant. These two plants are actually related. The flowers attract birds such as sunbirds and Spectacled Weavers. Vervet Monkeys may also be seen feeding on the flowers.

As its name suggests the Coastal Strelitzia is found along the coast from around East London through to Mozambique. It is commonly seen in areas of grassland near the coast.

The leaves of the Coastal Stelitzia can reach a length of 2 metres.

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References and further reading

A Field Guide to the Trees of Southern Africa - Author: E. Palmer - Year Published: 1983 - Page: 81

Everyone's Guide to Trees of South Africa - Author: Keith, Paul and Meg Coates Palgrave - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 19

Garden Birds in South Africa - Author: Duncan Butchart - Year Published: 2017 - Page: 173

Pocket Guide - Trees of Southern Africa - Author: Piet van Wyk - Year Published: 2013 - Page: 12

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 396

Sappi Tree Spotting: KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape - Author: Val Thomas and Rina Grant - Year Published: 2004? - Page: 124

Sasol First Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa - Author: Elsa Pooley - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 5

The Coastal Guide of South Africa - Author: Jacana Media - Year Published: 2007 - Page: 106

The Complete Field Guide to Trees of Natal, Zululand and Transkei - Author: Elsa Pooley - Year Published: 1994 - Page: 60

The Natal Bushveld - Volume 1 - Author: Natal Parks Board - Year Published: 1981 - Page: 75

Trees of Southern Africa - 3rd edition - Author: Keith Coates Palgrave - Year Published: 2002 - Page: 119

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