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Mountain Devil

Lambertia formosa

Lambertia formosa
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Mountain Devil Lambertia formosa
Mountain Devil (Lambertia formosa)

Lambertia formosa alias the Mountain Devil, gets is name from the 2 prominent horns on the 2 valved stalkless woody follicles. The shrub grows to about 2 m high.

Following image from Blue Mountains, New South Wales.

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Mountain Devil (Lambertia formosa) at Pierces Pass, Blue Mountains National Park, NSW.
Mountain Devil (Lambertia formosa) at Pierces Pass, Blue Mountains National Park, NSW.

Erect shrub up to 2 m high, with hairy branchlets. Leaves: linear to narrow-oblanceolate, 3-7 cm long and 5 mm wide, usually in whorls of 3 dark green, leaves shiny on top, with lower surface paler and hairy, entire margins, tip sharply pointed. Flowers: spring, summer; tubular, red, in terminal clusters of 7, surrounded by reddish-green bracts about 5 cm long. Fruit: up to 2.5 cm long, shortly beaked with 2 prominent horns. Found: widespread on the coast and nearby ranges, in heath and open forest, NSW.

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