Occurring naturally along the central coast of New South Wales.
Everything about these plants is larger than life! Foliage can reach over three metres in height and the majestic flower stems over six metres. They can survive the most intense bush fires and actually thrive on such harsh treatment by blossoming in profusion.
Very popular with nectar seeking birds. Here you can see three flower heads - one still in bloom and two going to seed.
''Doryanthes excelsa'', commonly known as the gymea lily, is a flowering plant in the family Doryanthaceae that is endemic to coastal areas of New South Wales near Sydney. It has sword-like leaves more than 1 metre long and it grows a flower spike up to 6 metres high. The apex of the spike bears a large cluster of bright red flowers, each 10 centimetres across. Its common name is derived from the name given to the plant by the indigenous Eora people. The Sydney suburbs of Gymea and Gymea Bay are.. more