Haemodorum austroqueenslandicum – Queensland Blood-Lily

by Martin Bennett

Genus meaning – Haem- being Greek for blood-red + Greek dōron gift = Blood gift

The Queensland Blood-Lily is very common in the Helidon Hills area growing on sandstone. It has sparse foliage and the flower spike can grow to 1.5m. The base and lower flower spike have several strappy narrow leaves to 70cm. Small red tubular flowers, with white throats, are followed by black/brown, shiny fruits to 4 – 6mm. When the fruits are crushed they emit a red blood like juice and two flat disc-like seeds are present. 

Blood-Lily or Blood Root. Photo by Martin Bennett.

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