One of the world’s best-known plants is the bird-of-paradise /bird flowers. This flower originates from the subtropical coastal areas of southern Africa and has been cultivated worldwide.
It has also been naturalized in North, Central, and South America and in Portugal, where it is the national flower. Its exotic appearance and brightly colored flowers that resemble a bird’s head have become a favorite among horticulturists, designers, florists, and gardeners.
Birds-of-paradise are somewhat resemblant to several birds craning their necks up and flicking their pointed beaks in different directions when in full bloom.
Birds look for nectar in the “nectar” at the base of the flower where the two leaves meet. The bird is small and jumps on the petals below; the bird’s weight exposes the anthers and throws pollen on the bird’s feet and chest.
When a bird flies to another flower, it lands on a prominent sticky stigma and accumulates pollen before jumping to another nectar treat. Different birds act as pollinators for different paradise birds, but some birds, such as sunbirds, are “nectar thieves” who avoid the pollinated parts of flowers and eat only nectar.
Bird Flower plants have thick, waxy, and evergreen leaves arranged in a fan-like arrangement. The leaves range in color from glossy, deep green, blue-green, and muted gray-green. Paddle-shaped leaves are attached to a long, upright stalk, much like banana plant leaves. The narrow-leaved bird-of-paradise has spike-like leaves when mature.
List of bird Flowers plants
1- Duck Orchid
These flowers look like flying ducks. Kaleena Major (flying duck orchid) is native to Australia.
Symbiotic relationships mean that plants need fungi and flowers to survive.
Many have tried to grow this beautiful but strange plant outside Australia, but none have been successful.
2- Parrot Flower
Parrot Flower, also called Impatiens Psittacina, or parrot balsam, follows. The flower above looks like a parrot.
It was initially known as the flying cockatoo flower when Joseph Dalton Hooker discovered it.
However, it is a beautiful flower that will make anyone who looks at it pull twice. This flower is native to Thailand and parts of India and is very hard to find today.
Its beautiful, soft pink, citron-scented blooms bloom during the spring in China. It features black eyes, yellow beaks, and petal-like petals; the flower looks like a bird.
4- Moth Orchid
Phalaenopsis orchid is native to Southeast Asia. They were scarce and costly as they were very difficult to grow from seeds. But today, moth orchids have become one of the most popular flowering plants in the world.
When a naturalist saw Phalaenopsis through binoculars for large white petals, it mistakenly regarded them as a group of moths, hence the name “moth orchid.”
5- White Egret Orchid
It is a very elegant and very beautiful white egret flower native to Japan, Korea, and Russia. It is most commonly known as the Egret Orchid because it resembles a flying egret. Sometimes called a fringe run.
This tough plant is found in grassy wetlands, highland wetlands, and osmotic slopes. Flowers measure 1.5 inches across and grow about 12 inches high.
How to care for birds flowers?
Once adopted, it thrives in bright indirect light towards the perfect sun. Not suitable for dark places.
Choose a potting mix that drains well. You can add perlite or lava rocks to aerate the soil.
A typical houseplant prefers temperatures in the 65°F-85°F range (18°C-30°C). The temperature shouldn’t drop below 60°F (15°C).
Water every 1-2 weeks and dry the soil between waterings. Expect to water more often in bright light and less water in dark light.
Professional Tip: Bird of Paradise can benefit from filtered water or water left outside overnight before use.
Flowerbirds are easy-going plants, generally free of pests but prone to spider mites. Treat pests as soon as they appear with weekly sprays of natural pesticides such as neem oil and regular wiping of plants.