Blandfordia punicea

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Tasmanian Christmas bell
Blandfordia Punicea - Arthur Plains, Tasmania.jpg
Blandfordia punicea
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Blandfordiaceae
Genus: Blandfordia
Species: B. punicea
Binomial name
Blandfordia punicea
(Labill.) Sweet[1]
  • Aletris punicea Labill.
  • Blandfordia backhousii Lindl. nom. inval.
  • Blandfordia grandiflora var. backhousii (Lindl.) Hook.f.
  • Blandfordia grandiflora var. marginata (Herb.) Hook.f.
  • Blandfordia marginata Herb.

Blandfordia punicea, commonly known as Tasmanian Christmas bell, is a species of flowering plant which is native to western Tasmania in Australia.

The bell-shaped flowers are red with yellow tips and are about 4 cm long. They occur in a terminal raceme on a stalk up to 1 metre in height and are usually very prominent in their native habitat, often rising above ground-level vegetation between mid-spring and early autumn. The leaves, which are strap-like and slightly serrated on the edges, range between 15 and 45 cm in length.[2]

An Australian 50c stamp depicting the species was issued on 13 February 2007.[3]


  1. ^ "Blandfordia punicea (Labill.) Sweet". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government. 
  2. ^ Cochrane, G.R.; Fuhrer, B.A.; Rotherdam, E.M.; Simmons, J.; Simmons, M. & Willis, J.H. (1980). Flowers and Plants of Victoria and Tasmania. A.H. & A.W. Reed. ISBN 0589502565. 
  3. ^ "Plant: Blandfordia punicea". Australian Plants on Stamps. Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 

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