Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia
The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan - October
|Common name ||giant spear lily|
|Scientific name ||Doryanthes palmeri W. Hill ex Benth.|
|Etymology || |
Genus: From Greek, doratos, spear; and anthos, flower.
Species: After the English botanist Edward Palmer (1833-?1899).
|Distribution ||Occurs in south-east Queensland and far north-east New South Wales.|
|Native habitat ||On exposed rocky outcrops on infertile soils or on bare rock. |
|Description || |
Clumping lily to 3 m x 3 m with massive red arching flower spikes.
|Flowering/fruiting ||Flowers in spring and summer.|
Location in Garden
You can have a closer look at this giant in Bed 3 in the Connections Garden and in the Lakeside beds.
In New South Wales it is listed as a Vulnerable species where it is threatened in the wild by weed invasion, frequent fires and illegal seed harvesting.
Roasted Doryanthes flower spikes were used as a food source for Indigenous Australians and the roots were mashed into a pulp and made into cakes.
If you have a large garden, this plant will add structure and colour - the foliage in particular being extremely architectural when planted singly. In cultivation it is an adaptable plant which prefers well drained soils.
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