Blandfordia grandiflora R.Br.

Christmas Bells

Perennial herb with thickened roots from a short thick rhizome. Inflorescence to 1.75 m, flowers in an open raceme. Leaves linear to 70 cm long, sheathing. Flowers 3-9, bell-shaped, pendulous, 3.5-6 cm long, conical; spring to summer. Tepals red with yellow lobes or all yellow.

Coastal SE Qld & NE NSW.

B. nobilis Smith, C to southern coastal NSW has an inflorescence to 75 cm, flowers in an open raceme. Leaves linear to 60 cm long, sheathing. Flowers 3-20, bell-shaped, pendulous, 2-3 cm long, narrow basally, more or less cylindrical above; spring to summer.Tepals brownish-red with yellow lobes.

B. punicea (Labill.) Sweet from Tasmania has an inflorescence to 1 m, flowers in an open raceme. Leaves linear to 35 cm long, sheathing. Flowers 15-50, bell-shaped, pendulous, 3.5-4.5 cm long; spring to summer.Tepals red-brown with yellow lobes.

Source: Conran, J. (2005). Blandfordiaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Liliales
family       Blandfordiaceae
genus        Blandfordia Sm.