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


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