Mary Sue Ittner
Sat, 11 Sep 2004 07:37:53 PDT

New list member Peter Thomson from Sydney, Australia, sent me pictures of 
Doryanthes excelsa to share with everyone and I just late last night found 
time to add them to the wiki and make a page which I will move into place 
alphabetically when I find more time. Does anyone know what the up to date 
family is for this genus? My Australian books say Agavaceae and it 
certainly has that appearance to me, but since appearance is no longer 
always what we go by...  Other choices I've seen on the Internet that make 
less sense to me are Liliaceae and Amaryllidaceae. The common name for this 
plant is Gymea Lily, but one of my books also calls it Gigantic Lily which 
seems appropriate. We saw Doryanthes palmeri in Australia and it too was 
very impressive. I'd think you'd need to have a large garden for these 
plants. The Encyclopedia of Australian plants suitable for  cultivation 
says they are highly suited as container plants, but the containers need to 
be large. I wonder how large that might be. Any Australian members growing 
either of the species in your gardens?…

Mary Sue

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