Common name: Canna Lily
Canna x generalis L.H.Bailey APNI*
Description: Erect, glabrous herb to 2 m high, rhizomatous.
Leaves elliptic, up to 45 cm long and 25 cm wide, apex acute to acuminate, margins entire, narrowing to a sheath at the base; bracts c. 12 mm long.
Flowers either single or in pairs. Corolla tube less than 15 mm long (often only 5 mm long), lobes 4–5 cm long, margins incurved. Staminodes 4; outer staminodes 3, to 10 cm long and 5.5 cm wide, usually unequal, white to yellow to red to pink (sometimes with markings in other colours); inner staminode to 8 cm long and 3 cm wide, recurved from apex; single petaloid filament c. 1.5 cm wide; anther c. 12 mm long.
Capsule 2–3 cm long.
Flowering: Late Winter to Summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Lord Howe Island, Qld. Hybrid of uncertain origin; often cultivated as an ornamental.
Naturalized in disturbed land and along creeks, mostly near habitation.
NSW subdivisions: *LHI
Other Australian states: *Qld *W.A.
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: T.D. Stanley, Fl. Australia vol. 45 (1987)
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