Giant Spear Lilly
We were heading towards Teviot Falls on the McPherson Range in Queensland Australia. The sun was scorching and it was only 8 am. We all broke camp in good spirits but tired bodies. The terrain was rough going and the heat sapped our strength. We were driving up a dirt road near the Teviot Gap and suddenly dust was being kicked up by intense winds that seemed to come out of nowhere. The driver was a bit unfamiliar with the rover’s controls and took too long to find the windscreen wipers. Before we knew it we slammed into the side of the mountain and into the drainage ditch with a hideous grinding sound of steel on rock. Luckily no one was hurt but we were grounded. As one of our party volunteered to hike up the mountain to try to get a signal the rest of us decided to put the time to good use and explore the area. We found wonderful examples of Doryanthes palmeri growing in a ravine. They measured 3 meters across and were impressive by any standards! They had already bloomed and the inflorescence must have measured two meters tall when fresh. They were covered with small birds and were loaded with seeds. We eagerly collected some and are proud to offer this wonderful seed grown plant in one gallon pots. They are large for a one gallon measuring 14” across.