Friday, 15 December 2006

Swamp lily

Look what's flowering in my garden—the swamp lily (Crinum pedunculatum). The inflorescence on this plant contains about 30 buds, which will open in succession over the next couple of weeks.

The swamp lily is found naturally along the warmer parts of the east coast as far south as Wollongong or thereabouts. (Warmer being a subjective term, you understand.) It was among those species painted by First Fleet midshipman and artist George Raper.

Despite the common name, it is resistant to drought. My plant only gets watered when the temperature reaches 30C. For the rest of the time it fends for itself. That could explain why it was a slow starter but it's now doing very well.

6 comments:

Marcus said...

looks very similar to the Sundaland species: C. asiaticum, http://www.naturia.per.sg/buloh/plants/crinum_lily.htm

Snail said...

Thanks for the link, Marcus. I think there's been some discussion over whether it's an endemic species or a subspecies of C. asiaticum. Something else to put on my list of things to look up!

tapperboy said...

A favourite of mine. We planted them in our previous garden which was mostly, but not totally, a local rainforest reafforestation type project.

I'll have to take the camera to a bunch I remember seeing growing locally now and try for a photo opportunity. That's a very nice image you've snapped.

Snail said...

Aren't they spectacular. In my next house (hah!) I'm going to have an avenue of them, I reckon.

tapperboy said...

Got to the spot yesterday, found a nice piece of natural art waiting there...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tapperboy/358802834/

Snail said...

Beautiful, Tapperboy!

The flowers have shrivelled on the lily but it looks as if I might get some pseudobulbs this year.