Doryanthes palmeri

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Giant spear lily
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Doryanthaceae
Genus: Doryanthes
D. palmeri
Binomial name
Doryanthes palmeri

Doryanthes palmeri, also known as the giant spear lily, is one of only two species of plant in the genus Doryanthes and the family Doryanthaceae, both being endemic to eastern Australia. It grows in a rosette and the leaves can reach the length of about 3 m (10 ft). The flowers arise in springtime on a stalk which may reach 5 m (16 ft) in height.[1] A succulent herb, its leaves are hairless and grow in the shape of a sword. The giant spear lily is listed as Vulnerable under the New South Wales Threatened Species Act (1995).[2]


  1. ^ "Botanica. The Illustrated AZ of over 10000 garden plants and how to cultivate them", p. 312. Könemann, 2004. ISBN 3-8331-1253-0
  2. ^ NSW National Parks