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Doryanthes excelsa flower heads

Gymea Lily, Doryanthes excelsa

Family: Agavaceae

Sword-like leaves more than 1 m long surround a huge flower spike up to 6 m high, bearing at its apex a large cluster of bright red flowers, each 10 cm across.

Flowers: spring and summer.

Distribution: Coastal areas of New South Wales near Sydney.

Updated February 9, 2004 , Murray Fagg (anbg-info@anbg.gov.au)