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An Australian native, the Giant Spear Lily is a flowering succulent herb endemic to northeast NSW and southeast Queensland. 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. Its leaves are hairless and grow in the shape of a sword. I only saw these plants at the highest sections of the park, well above the subtropical rainforest of the gullies below. And I was so impressed to see how they clung to the cliff-face, growing in rock crevices. NB: This spotting was in winter, not spring. The flower stalks are early.
Along the Bare Rock Track, on the slopes of Mt. Cordeaux in Main Range National Park. Very cool and damp area on mountainside, and on top of much of the escarpment that I walked. Often misty and drizzling rain, and high winds. Growing in infertile lithosols or as lithophytes on bare rock.
This species is listed as Vulnerable under the New South Wales Threatened Species Act (1995). Here's an interesting study - https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/__data/ass...
Spotted on Jun 23, 2015
Submitted on Jun 24, 2015