Gymea Lily Flower: _Doryanthes excelsa_

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Ian Stehbens on March 18, 2008

This flower appears on the end of a tall spear from the giant lily, native to the Sydney region. A photograph of the lily plant taken in the Sydney Botanic Gardens reveals how tall the spear is. This particular flower is found in a garden setting on the banks of the Parramatta River, but Gymea lilies are also planted along the sides of freeways or motorways, in botanical gardens and in larger domestic gardens. It grows wild in the bushland. It is an impressive plant that flowers in the autumn and winter months. This image was taken in March 2008.

pic.point on March 18, 2008

Very rifined image, Ian.

Greetings, Inessa

Ian Stehbens on March 18, 2008

I am very pleased that you have appreciated this image, Inessa.

This open flower is only one of many on the head, the others are clustered around and will open progressively such that the whole head appears to flower for a long time.


EVA_L on March 18, 2008

Strange and glamorous flower,Yan... yours sincerely, Eva

Ian Stehbens on June 6, 2008

Dear Eva,

I missed this comment of yours. I have just uploaded another image of Gymea Lily flower. It is an Australian native plant, growing especially in the Sydney region.

Thank you for your special interest in flowers and plants. When I am taking images of our native plants I have you and my other Panoramio friends in my mind, so each one can genuinely be considered a gift from me.

Warmest regards,


EVA_L on June 6, 2008

You are very kind, dear Yan! Thank you so much!

Best greetings, Eva

Amelia Royan on November 2, 2009

A most elegant photo Ian, of a very exotic plant. I have just been reading a bit more about these plants, and found this interesting piece of information:

"Each plant grows from a thickened under­ground stem which is gradually pulled deeper and deeper into the ground by the roots con­tracting during periods of dry weather" .

Greetings, Amelia

Ian Stehbens on November 2, 2009

You have an eye for the elegant and the beautiful, Amelia. And your research is true. We have some very similar taste in photography.



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