|Gloriosa superba near Masindi, Uganda.|
|Quilineja seems to glow softly in the dark wet forests it inhabits.|
Alerce Andino NP, near Puerto Montt, Chile.
|Darling Lily Crinum flaccidum, Lake Broadwater NP, Queensland.|
They have a strong sweet scent in the evenings, suggesting they're pollinated by night-flying moths.
|Scadoxus sp. (I think S. multiflorus - any clues anyone?), Mt Cameroon.|
|Astelia alpina (above and below), Mount Field NP, Tasmania.|
Known as Pineapple Grass though it is neither of course, but the name is appropriate!
It can dominate alpine understoreys in the south-eastern Australian alps.
Blandfordiaceae is a tiny family of just four species, all in the genus Blandfordia of eastern Australia. They are known as Christmas Bells for their mid-summer flowering and are much-loved. They grow generally in moist heathy areas.
|Christmas Bells, Blandfordia nobilis, Morton NP, New South Wales.|
|Borya sphaerocephala, Dingo Rock, south-west Western Australia.|
|Gymea Lily, above and below, Royal National Park, Sydney.|
|Yellow Star Hypoxis hygrometrica, Canberra.|
The odd species name - it means 'water measuring' - refers to the curious fact that the plant's hairs
coil up when dry and extend when wet. To my knowledge this has never been explained!
|Hypoxis sp., Ngaoundaba Ranch, central Cameroon.|
|Bulbine bulbosa, Canberra.|
In case you'd missed it, the name is trying to assure us that it has a bulb!
An edible one too apparently, well known to indigenous Australians.
This is a very common and cheerful spring flower in grassy areas locally.
|Rock Lily Bulbine glauca, Namadgi National Park, above Canberra.|
Unlike Bulbine Lily this one lacks an edible tuber; it replaces that species at higher altitudes.