We came across this monstrous red flower in the Australian Garden, Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand on Christmas Day 2019. We don’t seem to have the name for it even though there’s a sign. Either forgot to record it or couldn’t read it. Anyone know what it is?
[UPDATE 05 Feb: This morning I found an article at the Dunedin Botanic Garden website that identifies the plant as Doryanthes palmeri, flowering for the first time in 15 years.]
First four photos by Liz and last one by Nigel.
Nigel’s over 6-foot tall so this flower head is held high.
Flower detail via Nigel.
Text by Liz, photos by Liz and Nigel; Exploring Colour (2020)