Today I researched Birds of Paradise or Strelitzia reginae, also known as crane flower.
It is native to South Africa and derives its name from the unusual flowers, which resemble brightly colored birds in flight. The plant needs warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine to produce the characteristic blooms.
In South Africa it is featured on the reverse of the 50 cent coin.
Interestingly enough, it is the floral emblem of the City of Los Angeles.
They are pollinated by sunbirds, which use the spathe as a perch when visiting the flowers. The weight of the bird when standing on the spathe opens it to release the pollen onto the bird's feet, which is then deposited on the next flower it visits. Strelitzia lack natural insect pollinators; in areas without sunbirds, plants in this genus generally need hand pollination in order to successfully set seed.