Common name: Ginger Lily
Hedychium gardnerianum Sheppard ex Ker Gawl. APNI*
Description: Perennial herb to 2.5 m high.
Leaves lanceolate, to 40 cm long and 15 cm wide, apex acuminate; ligule broad and membranous, 2.5 cm long, 2 cm wide.
Inflorescences spike-like, 25–35 cm long, 15–20 cm wide; bracts narrow, not imbricate, each with 1 or 2 flowers. Flowers bright yellow. Labellum spathulate, 8–13 mm wide; staminodes oblanceolate; stamen twice as long as the labellum, 5.5–7 cm long; filament bright red.
Capsule thin-walled, inner surface of valves orange; seeds with a red aril.
Distribution and occurrence: Escape from cultivation, naturalized in moist habitats; north from the Sydney area. Native of India.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic.
Text by Peter G. Wilson & S. M. Hastings
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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