Spike in the City 2: Gymea bud

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M and R on March 1, 2008

Interesting shot. R

Ian Stehbens on March 1, 2008

Thanks Rob, I'll have to go back when its flower head is in full display. Dad

Ian Stehbens on March 1, 2008

"Gymea lilies are spectacular Australian native plants with large, compact heads of nectar filled red flowers atop tall, thick stems or scapes up to 6M tall. Most Australian natives resent being transplanted, but Gymea lilies can be dug up, moved and planted bare rooted.

"Plant details:

"Common name: Gymea Lily, Flame Lily, Spear Lily

"Botanic name: Doryanthes excelsa

"Description: Australian native perennial lily with rosettes of large sword-shaped, light green leaves over 1m (3') long . In spring and summer, deep blood-red flowers appear" on the end of the tall scapes. "Flowers are followed by woody capsules which split open when ripe, releasing flat, slightly winged seeds. Plants grown from seed take 6-7 years to flower." Website Link

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Photo taken in Royal Botanic Gardens, Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

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