Gloriosa superba (LILIACEAE) Glory Lily

Weeds to Whack

A weed of sandy coastal areas, possibly found as far west as the Enoggera catchment. It was introduced as an ornamental and has escaped from gardens. Will grow on coastal headlands, suffocating other plants. Stems and leaves shiny, bright green upright at first then sprawling. It will climb on a support to 4 m. Flowers are showy with red orange and yellow petals and sepals and large stamens. Fruits are fleshy capsules containing many seeds.
Photo: Robert Whyte