Thursday, 16 February 2012


The Gymea Lily (Doryanthes excelsa) is a flowering plant native to the coastal areas of New South Wales near Sydney. The plant has sword-like leaves more than a meter long. It flowers in spring and summer, sending up a flower spike up to 6 m high, which at its apex bears a large cluster of bright red flowers, each 10 cm across. The name "Gymea Lily" is derived from a local Eora dialect. Doryanthes means spear-flower in Greek, and excelsa is Latin for exceptional. The Sydney suburbs of Gymea and Gymea Bay are named after the lily.

This is a post for the Floral Friday Fotos meme.

Note that in these arrangements the leaves are not those of the gymea lily
Close up of the inflorescence


  1. Although these lilies are not one of my favorites, your photos show them as very nice flowers.

  2. Beautiful flowers.

    Regards and best wishes


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