|Massed Early Nancies Wurmbea dioca Family Colchicaceae, Mulligans Flat NR, Canberra.|
|Alstromoeria patagonica, Torres del Paine NP, southern Chile.|
This tiny herb is endemic to Patagonia.
|Bomarea sp., El Cajas NP, Andes above Cuenca, Ecuador.|
|Bomarea sp., 4000m high cloud forest, Manu NP, Peru.|
|Wurmbea dioica, Mulligans Flat NR, Canberra.|
As the species name implies the species is dioecious - it has separate male and female plants.
Female above, male below.
|Milkmaids, Burchardia umbellata, Bigga cemetery, New South Wales.|
An umbel is a floral arrangement whereby all the flower stalks arise from a common point,
well illustrated here and again reflecting the species name.
|Burchardia rosea, Kalbarri NP, Western Australia.|
|Schelhammera undulata, Lilac Lily, Carrington Falls, New South Wales.|
The flower streaks are nectar guides, advertising hoardings for pollinating insects.
|Smilax australis, Monga NP, New South Wales.|
The leaves are most unusual among monocots - mostly herbaceous plants like lilies, orchids and grasses - in having
net-like leaf veins, instead of simple parallel veins.