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Seven species in three genera are found in tropical South America, South Africa and Madagascar.

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Five species are native to South Africa.

Strelitzia reginae
Bird of Paradise Flower

No clinical reports of dermatitis from this popular greenhouse plant have been found although McCord (1962) noted a commercial extract of the plant used for patch-testing. The seed hastens the souring of milk (Watt & Breyer-Brandwijk 1962).


  • McCord, C.P. (1962) The occupational toxicity of cultivated flowers. Ind. Med. Surg. 31: 365.
  • Watt JM, Breyer-Brandwijk MG (1962) The Medicinal and Poisonous Plants of Southern and Eastern Africa. Being an account of their medicinal and other uses, chemical composition, pharmacological effects and toxicology in man and animal, 2nd edn. Edinburgh: E & S Livingstone [WorldCat] [url]

Richard J. Schmidt [Valid HTML 4.01!]

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