Melissa Rasche, via email

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On a re­cent hol­i­day we saw this beau­ti­ful bird of par­adise. It was a large plant, and the ‘beak’ was about 30cm long. Truly amaz­ing. Can you tell me more?

El­iz­a­beth Swane says

It’s a Stre­litzia ni­co­lai or the gi­ant white bird of par­adise. It grows to 6m tall and 3m wide. Many nurs­eries in coastal ar­eas of east­ern Aus­tralia and Perth stock it, or they can or­der one for you.

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