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|Strelitzia nicolai, white bird of paradise. Small tree from S. Africa, with leaves resembling those of a banana. Flowers large and white with a conspicuous blue "tongue."|
|Strelitzia reginae, bird of paradise. Short plant from S. Africa, with banana-like leaves up to 0.5 m long; flowers bright orange with a blue "tongue."|
|Ravenala madagascariensis, traveler's tree. Palmlike tree from Madagascar with bananalike leaves in two ranks; flowers like bird of paradise, but larger and whitish. Each leaf base traps up to a quart or more of water useful for an emergency drink by a weary traveler.|
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